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Fine & good conduct pledge frees ex-member of ISIS

KUWAIT CITY, May 23: The Court of Cassation upheld the verdict issued by a lower court to refrain from penalizing a Kuwaiti woman in her 20s who was accused of joining DAESH in Sinai, Egypt. The court also upheld the verdict issued to impose a fine of KD 500 and obligated her to sign a pledge of good conduct for a period of two years. Lawyer Dr Khalid Al-Khafifa explained that his client became a victim to the calls for “Jihad” made by some scholars. Previously, the Public Prosecution had charged the citizen with joining DAESH and being a member of the banned organization during the period from 2015 to April 26, 2017. She was also charged with committing aggressive acts against a friendly country and attempting to harm the relations between the two countries by traveling to Egypt with the aim of executing Jihadist operations in Sinai. Public Prosecution also charged her with using social media to promote the terrorism ideology of DAESH.

Bail plea rejected: The Criminal Court rejected the request to release on bail the Kuwaiti lawyer and the Egyptian expatriates who are accused of kidnapping Lawyer Saud Al-Halfi. The court adjourned the case filed against them to the session of July 2 for hearing. The accused lawyer denied any relations with the Egyptian suspects, explaining that the investigation officers allowed him to see those suspects, after which he informed the officers that he did not know them. The Egyptian suspects admitted that they committed the crime based on an agreement with the Kuwaiti suspect. It is worth mentioning that a video clip of the crime was discovered in the smartphone of one of the Egyptian suspects. When questioned, they admitted that they filmed the crime and sent the video clip to the Kuwaiti lawyer who had hired them to commit the crime.

Kuwaiti’s jail upheld: The Misdemeanor Court of Appeals upheld the verdict issued by the Court of First Instance, which sentenced a Kuwaiti man to three-year imprisonment with hard labor for defrauding some expatriate women by receiving a certain sum of money from them in return for lending them money on a monthly installment basis. According to the case file, the Public Prosecution charged the man with collecting money from those women based on the understanding that they would obtain loans to be paid on monthly installment basis. He even issued them with receipt for the payments made in order to reassure them of the deal, but he reneged on the promise shortly after collecting the monies. The plaintiffs’ counsel Lawyer Abdulwahab Bin Salama said the defendant actually committed the offense at the location and date mentioned in the court summon, stressing that all necessary documents to prove the case beyond any doubt have been presented.

Blogger fined: The Misdemeanor Court of Appeal cancelled the ruling of the Court of First Instance that declared Twitter user Nasser Al-Jeqhair innocent in a defamation lawsuit involving HH Sheikh Nasser Al-Muhammad. The court fined the defendant KD 3,000 on charges of posting tweets deemed offensive to the entity of Sheikh Nasser and abusing mobile phone usage based on a complaint filed on behalf of Sheikh Nasser by Lawyer Emad Al-Seif. In a statement, Lawyer Al-Seif affirmed that he’s waiting for directives from HH Sheikh Nasser after issuance of the verdict.

Raja’an hearing adjourned: The Criminal Court, presided over by Judge Ahmad Al-Muqalid, adjourned until June 27 the hearing on the embezzlement of social security funds case of former director of the Public Institution for Social Security Fahad Al-Raj’aan and his wife. In the previous session, the accused failed to appear before the judiciary, whereas the prosecutor explained the seismic offence which the two committed against the pension fund, let alone the breach of trust. The prosecution, led by Hamoud Al- Shami, explained how the two embezzled the pension fund and transferred $100 million to secret accounts in Switzerland, and that as part of the sentence, they should be forced to return the money they embezzled.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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