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Friday , February 26 2021

Ex-MPs acquitted in libel lawsuit

Mangaf flood victim wins comp

KUWAIT CITY, July 16: The Court of Cassation upheld the verdict of the First Instance Court which acquitted former MPs Musallam Al-Barrak, Mubarak Al-Wa’laan and Salim Al-Namlan, and political activist Abbas Al-Shaa’bi of offending the King of Jordan. The Public Prosecution had earlier charged the defendants with spreading false news concerning the internal situation of the country (Kuwait) with the intention of damaging national welfare. In addition, Al-Barrak was charged with spreading baseless information as he claimed in an interview on a French television channel that there are 3,500 Jordanian security personnel inside Kuwait. The prosecution also accused them of participating, along with others, in an illegal gathering and failure to follow the dispersal order issued by security officers but all the defendants denied the charges.

Man wins comp: In the first ruling on Mangaf tunnel rainfall disaster case, the Appeals Court, presided over by Judge Mohammad Taha, instructed the Ministry of Public Works to pay KD 3,000 to a citizen as compensation for his car which was damaged in the flood, reports Al-Qabas daily. The court affirmed the ministry must be held responsible because it has been proven that it committed errors which caused problems found in the manholes and drainage pipelines under the tunnel, resulting in the massive flooding.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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