KUWAIT CITY, May 1: The Misdemeanor Court has ordered the former secretary-general of the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters to pay a fine of KD 3,000 for offending Sheikh Mazen Al-Jarrah through a post on his Facebook account. The Public Prosecution had filed charges against the former secretarygeneral of tarnishing the reputation of Sheikh Mazen as a public figure and an employee with the role of Undersecretary of Citizenship and Passport Affairs at Ministry of Interior. In a case filed by Lawyer Hussain Al- Asfour on behalf of his client, the lawyer affirmed that the suspect abused his client through libel and slander with the aim of tarnishing his image as a public employee. He said the suspect violated Article 6 from Law No. 63/2015 related to cybercrimes.
Case postponed to June 19: The Misdemeanor Court has adjourned to June 19 the case filed against 13 Kuwaiti citizens and two Asians for hiding former MP Musallam Al-Barrak in order to prevent securitymen from arresting him. General Department of Public Relations and Media Security of Ministry of Interior explained that the first item of Article 132 of the Penal Code stipulates that those who directly or indirectly shelter someone against whom an arrest order has been issued or who is a fugitive, and those who helped a culprit escape from the judiciary can face punishment of two-year imprisonment and/ or a fine of up to KD 2,000.
Inmate acquitted of drug use: The Criminal Court acquitted an inmate of the Central Jail from consuming drugs inside his prison cell. According to the testimony given by the arresting officer, he was carrying out routine inspection of the cells when he saw the suspect showing signs of fear while attempting to hide some items, which were later recognized to be tools used for consuming drugs. The defense counsel Lawyer Fahad Al-Saeed insisted that the charges were leveled against his client maliciously due to an existing dispute between his client and the arresting officer, stressing the illegal procedures taken by the officers without first obtaining necessary documentation. He also disqualified the result of the blood sample taken from his client which contained drugs, insisting that his client could have been sniffed the narcotic substance from another inmate.
By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff