Jail for blogger

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 1: The Criminal Court sentenced in absentia blogger Saqer Al- Hashash to five-year imprisonment with hard labor for posting messages deemed offensive to the entity of His Highness the Amir on his Twitter account, says Al-Seyassah. The Public Prosecution had pressed the charges against the blogger after it was notified by the Ministry of Interior.

Meanwhile, the Court of Cassation has overruled the verdict of the lower court and sentenced an expatriate taxi driver to three years in prison for swindling a young man of special needs Kuwaiti, reports Al-Qabas daily. The suspect reportedly took advantage of the mental state of the plaintiff and took KD 15,000 from him to ‘get’ for him a university certificate from abroad, on the strength of a promissory note. The plaintiff also bought seven smart phones and gave them to the defendant.

 Kuwaiti couples hurt: Two Kuwaiti couples sustained minor injuries in a traffic accident that occurred in Sydney, Australia, reports Al-Seyassah daily. A report on the accident was presented in an Australian channel, as per which a huge truck crashed into a taxi and dragged it across more than 30 meters. The taxi was completely damaged but the passengers – two couples from Kuwait – and the taxi driver sustained minor injuries and were treated at the nearest hospital. The couples were heading to the airport after spending their honeymoon in Australia. The company to which the truck belongs stated in the press release that the person responsible for the accident is still unknown.

Wallet stolen: A Kuwaiti citizen reported at Fahaheel Police Station the theft of his wallet from his vehicle, says Al- Seyassah. According to security sources, the citizen said he was in Fahaheel area to do some shopping and had returned to his parked vehicle to discover that one of the glass windows of his vehicle was broken and his wallet was missing. Officers from the General Department of Criminal Evidences lifted fingerprints and other evidences from the vehicle to identify the unknown thief.

‘First Riot contest’: Under the auspices of Acting Assistant Undersecretary for Special Security Affairs Major General Shukri Al-Najjar, the First Riot Competition was organized with the participation of National Guard and other sectors of Kuwait Armed Forces, reports Al-Seyassah daily. The competition witnessed the participation of 75 officers and members of Anti-Riot Department. There were five teams and each team comprised of 15 contestants. The five teams competed to deal with riots using latest technologies and sophisticated weapons in addition to tactical methods to control rioters and hooligans. The competition also helped raise the level of fitness. The competition comes in line with the strategy of Ministry of Interior to develop the skills of those working in anti-riots field. A number of directors and deputy directors from General Directorate for Special Forces were among the attendees of the competition.

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