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Jail, fine for blogger in phone misuse

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 10: The Misdemeanor Court sentenced a blogger to one-year imprisonment and imposed a fine of KD 2,000 over allegations of mobile phone misuse. He was acquitted of offending the judiciary based on a complaint lodged by the Cybercrimes Unit.

The blogger posted on his Twitter account in July comments deemed offensive to the company that constructed the new building of the Public Prosecution. However, he denied the allegation, insisting that he did not aim at offending the judiciary authority but intended to criticize the governmental work.

Meanwhile, Detention Renewal Judge dismissed the request for the release of the accused, who include businessmen, officers and others, in the lawsuit of hospitality of Ministry of Interior, extending the detention for 14 days and sending the accused back to the Central Prison.

They denied the allegations, and the businessman, identified only as H.T., insisted that he has no relation with the senior official, identified only as A.H., stressing that he did not sign any document concerning embezzlement. He revealed that he owns several companies that are responsible for hotels and other properties, insisting that he knows nothing at all about the issue.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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