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KUWAIT CITY, March 9: The Criminal Court presided over by Judge Mohammad Ja’afar acquitted an expatriate of inciting people against the government. The defendant had been charged for defying the authority of His Highness the Amir, abusing the use of social media and deriding Shiites in the country. The Public Prosecution blamed the accused for illegitimately inciting people in the country against the authority via Facebook, WhatsApp and Youtube. He is alleged to have violated publicly the reserved rights of HH the Amir and derided Shiites through Facebook and Youtube under the assumed name Khalid Bin Al-Waleed. The accused confessed to using the pseudonym on Facebook and Youtube during investigations but denied the statement in court. Lawyer Zayed Al-Dosari pleaded on his behalf, saying his client was not responsible for the action, because he suffered psychological disorder. He maintained the defendant was not conscious of his actions, supporting the claim with medical report from the Faculty of Medicine, Kuwait University.
Woman absolved: The Misdemeanor Court cancelled the decision of a lower court which sentenced a Lebanese woman – the branch manager of a catering company – to one month in prison with hard labor in absentia for slandering, abusing and beating her colleague. The Public Prosecution had earlier charged the Lebanese woman of insulting her colleague in public in a way that damages the latter’s honor. She allegedly beat the victim but she denied all the accusations. Lawyer for the accused, Attorney Khalid Mubarak, pointed out in court the invalidity of investigations. In fact, the plaintiff was the one who attacked the accused and tried to beat the latter but eyewitnesses intervened, the lawyer asserted. He also argued that the complaint lacked legal merit so he urged the court to acquit his client.
Payment order stopped: Civil Circuit at the Court of First Instance cancelled payment order of KD 5,000 issued against a citizen in favor of a communications company for telephone calls and monthly subscriptions. Lawyer Jarrah Al-Shraika representing the citizen argued that the payment order was illegal, insisting his client knew nothing about the debts. He added that report of the experts discounted any claim of debts against the defendant.
Rare verdict: In an unprecedented ruling by Kuwait’s judiciary, the civil court has obliged a male divorcee to pay KD 40,000 in compensation to his ex-wife who accused him of infecting her with high risk human papillomavirus (HPV) while they were married, through which she developed cervical cancer. Representing the ex-wife, Attorney Abdul-Mohsin Al-Qattan stated that medical reports have attested the man is the carrier of high risk human papillomavirus by which she suffered cervical cancer. Attorney Al-Qattan noted that medical reports of the Forensic Department confirmed the man is a carrier, indicating he had infected his client through sex, which caused her to remove her womb and losing all hope of ever having children. The court ordered the defendant to pay KD 40,000 in moral compensation for emotional distress his client endured while supporting the medical bills.
By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff