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Kids remain Kuwaiti despite dad’s nationality withdrawn

KUWAIT CITY, June 23: The Administrative Court presided by Judge Dr Jassem Al-Rashid has issued a new and unprecedented ruling to retain the citizenship of three Kuwaiti children who were born to a Kuwaiti who was holding dual citizenship — Kuwaiti and Saudi — and whose Kuwaiti citizenship had been withdrawn before his death, reports Al-Qabas daily.

The verdict canceled the decision issued by the Ministry of Interior to withdraw the citizenship of the man’s underage children who were born in 1994, 1995 and 1998 following the withdrawal of the father’s nationality. The case was filed by attorney Manal Al-Abadan on behalf of her Kuwaiti client and the mother of the children. The court ruled as long as the children were born when the father still held the Kuwaiti citizenship, they have the right to hold the Kuwaiti nationality.

Scribe acquitted: The Court of Appeals presided over by Judge Nasser Salem Al-Haid cancelled the verdict issued by a lower court which sentenced the media man Felaih Al-Azmi to oneyear imprisonment with hard labor for publishing posts on Twitter account against Saudi Arabia.

The court instead acquitted him. According to the case file, an officer of rank ‘Captain’ from the State Security Department received information that an individual, following the spread of the news concerning the death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz on Twitter website, had posed two remarks against Saudi Arabia rule on the site in English language under the name Felaih. A case was filed against the Twitter user as his posts were regarded as endangering the relations between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

The Twitter user was arrested and referred for investigations during which he confessed to the accusation. An official from the Legal Affairs Department of Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed during Public Prosecution investigations that they received a letter from the Saudi Arabian embassy in Kuwait about the suspect’s posts on Twitter website concerning the leaders of Saudi Arabia.

Case dismissed: The Administrative Court presided over by Judge Dr Mohammad Al-Tamimi dismissed the lawsuit filed by Lawyer Mohammad Al-Ajmi to close down Al-Majles Channel. The court also rejected another lawsuit filed by the Parliament Speaker in this regard. Lawyer Al-Ajmi demanded the closure of Al-Majles Channel, claiming that it is waste of public funds and deviation from the objectives of its establishment.

Representing the TV channel, Lawyer Bassam Al-Asousi declared, “We appreciate the justice shown by the court in dismissing the lawsuit filed against Al-Majles Channel. We were sure from the beginning of the case that proper procedures were taken to set up this channel and no allegations will be raised against it. We thank God that the channel is considered as an addition to Kuwaiti media and it has been proven that the channel will enjoy a big following of viewers”.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies

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