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Hearings against Dr Nafisi expedited in libel suit

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 8: The Misdemeanor Court resumed sittings in a lawsuit filed by the State Security Department against Dr Abdullah Al-Nafisi over alleged offensive statement against the United Arab Emirates (UAE), instead of the original schedule next month.

According to the case file, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs submitted a complaint against Al-Nafisi on Aug 20, 2019, urging the State Security Department to charge him to court for maximum punishment, because his action threatened diplomatic relations between Kuwait and the UAE.

In light of this, Al-Nafisi’s office issued a statement concerning an order for his arrest: “We wish to start by appreciating the massive reactions on social media, as well as direct contact or visit from various Islamic countries over the surprising order for arrest, detention and travel ban. We are equally shocked like others when the restriction orders were issued on Jan 5, 2020. When we made inquiries about the issue, it was discovered that the case was registered at the State Security’s Misdemeanor Section on Sept 12, 2019 with number 25/2019. It emanated from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs without informing us about it until the decision was issued on Jan 5, 2020, regardless of the fact that Dr Al-Nafisi did not form the habit of absenting or delaying in other cases against him in the Public Prosecution and judiciary.”

The statement continues, “In that regard, Dr Abdullah Al-Nafisi hereby announces readiness to make himself available before the judiciary at the scheduled time to enable him to defend himself and seek full acquittal with his full right. May Allah Almighty protect the country and the people from all evil and misfortune.”

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies

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