KUWAIT CITY, March 2: The Appellate Court presided over by Judge Nasser Salem Al-Heed upheld the verdict issued by the Criminal Court which sentenced three Kuwaiti citizens to 15-year imprisonment with hard labor for the theft of KD 470,000 by forging official documents and data. They have also been obligated to return the stolen amount and pay a combined fine of KD 940,000. Two of the three defendants are public employees — one from Hawally Enforcement Department and other from Ministry of Communications. The Public Prosecution accused the first and second suspects, who are the public employees, of assisting the third suspect in possessing KD 470,000 illegally by forging official documents and manipulating the data stored in the server of the department.
Case adjourned: The Misdemeanor Court adjourned to March 30 the case filed against the Twitter user Sarah Al-Drais for insulting Islamic religion. She was arrested after the case was filed against her for making offensive remarks about Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) on her Twitter account. On November, 2015, the Public Prosecution released Al-Drais on bail worth KD 1,000.
Journo jailed: The Criminal Court presided over by Judge Mohammad Al-Duaij sentenced a journalist to one-year imprisonment with hard labor for posting offensive remarks about the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on his Twitter account using his mobile phone. The Public Prosecution accused the suspect of committing a hostile action against a foreign country without the government’s permission, especially since such an action could endanger the relations shared between the State of Kuwait and that country. It also accused the suspect of misusing his mobile phone for committing the crime. The court considered the evidences attached with the case file, the investigations report and the testimonies of witnesses as well as a letter submitted by the Undersecretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Public Prosecutor to file a petition against the suspect. In addition, an image of the Twitter post from the suspect’s account was also attached with the case documents.
Appeal won: The Department of Legal Affairs and Enquiries at Ministry of Health won an appeal case against former head of the health desk at the Embassy of Kuwait in Washington concerning reinstatement of the former attaché to his post after the ministry ended his secondment. The Court of Appeals affirmed that the decision of delegating someone to do a job is temporary by nature and such posts can not be fortified with time, indicating the concerned administrative authority reserves the right to withdraw or cancel decisions issued in that concern. The court played down the claims filed by former health attaché who claimed that the move to end his secondment was a form of disciplinary action, and rendered the court to accept the appeal filed by the former attaché against the Minister of Health — in his capacity as head of the sector, and reject the claim by upholding the decision taken by the ministry