Tuesday , September 26 2017

Lawyer sues blogger in ‘royal’s’ defamation case

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 16: Lawyer Emad Al-Seif, representing His Highness Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, declared that he has filed a libel case with the Public Prosecution against a Twitter user Bo Yabis. Lawyer Al-Seif issued a statement in which he specified the alleged accusations which Bo Yabis attributed to his client His Highness Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad with the aim of defaming his client’s reputation and tarnishing his honor and integrity, as well as the lies and fabrications Bo Yabis said against his client, all of which should be penalized by the court of justice.

Ruling quashed: The Court of Cassation has overturned the verdict issued by the Court of Appeals, which had acquitted a Twitter user Abdulrahman Al-Ajmi, who was accused of inciting the toppling of the ruling system in Kuwait, using words that can be deemed offensive to the Amiri entity, engaging in hostile actions against a friendly country (Saudi Arabia) and spreading false news. The court instead sentenced him to four-year imprisonment with hard labor. Previously, the Criminal Court had sentenced Al-Ajmi to jail term of four years with hard labor but the ruling was overturned by the Court of Appeals. It has now been reinstated by the Court of Cassation.

Jail for protestors: The Court of Cassation overturned the verdict issued by a lower court to acquit 26 Bedoun residents who were accused of participating in a demonstration in Taima area. The court instead sentenced them to two-year imprisonment each and imposed payment of KD 250 each for suspending the verdict under the condition that the crime will never be repeated. The Public Prosecution had accused the 26 Bedoun residents of assaulting government employees (police) and preventing them from performing their duties in terms of dispersing the illegal gathering of more than five people. They were also accused of disrupting public order and participating in unlicensed demonstration.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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