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MoI pledges severe punishment for all involved in police attack

 KUWAIT CITY, March 6: Maximum punishment will be given to all those who assaulted securitymen during a wedding party along Al-Ghous Street. In a press statement, the Public Relations and Security Media Department at the Interior Ministry stressed the law will be strictly enforced on everyone involved in the case, considering that respect for securitymen should be innate in every individual especially since the officers were merely performing their duties to ensure the security and stability of Kuwait.

The department affirmed that the ministry will take the necessary measures to protect securitymen in the line of duty. According to the department, four suspects have been arrested so far and all those who attended the event will be summoned for investigation.

It went on to say a team of officers called for backup after noticing the untoward behavior of some of the guests at the wedding party as they drove recklessly towards the venue. One of the officers was injured when he tried to control the revelers. Eye witnesses disclosed more than 200 persons gathered on the road and four of them beat some officers when the latter tried to stop their reckless acts which caused traffic congestion.

Court nods bail: The Criminal Court allowed an expatriate accused of posting words and pictures deemed offensive to HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and HH the late Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad to post bail of KD1,000. Case files indicate that officers from the Electronics Crime Unit arrested the expatriate for tweeting statements regarded as insults to the current and former leaders of Kuwait while posting pictures that glorify the late Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, thereby, provoking emotions of the citizens of Kuwait. In previous court sessions, the accused denied all charges claiming his Twitter account was hacked. However, investigators insisted that the Twitter account was not hacked as he allegedly posted the offensive statements so he will be deported without being prosecuted on other charges filed against him, including a swindling case. The court has also instructed the Electronic Crimes Unit to contact Twitter to determine whether the expatriate’s account was hacked or not.

Hearing delayed: The Court of Appeals, presided over by Judge Najeeb Al-Mulla, postponed until June 5 the hearing on a case involving several citizens accused of repeating the controversial statement made by former MP Musallam Al-Barrak, which contained words deemed offensive to the entity and authority of HH the Amir. The court took this decision to pave way for accused to appear in court again. Previously, the Criminal Court sentenced 21 citizens to two years in jail and asked them to pay KD 2,000 each to suspend the implementation of the verdict for three years.

Hearing March 14: The Misdemeanor Court chaired by Judge Mohammad Ja’afar has set March 14 to continue hearing in the case filed by the State Security Department against 13 suspects of the “Fintas Group” and summon crime investigation officers. The court also dismissed Sheikh Khalifa Al-Ali’s request to summon the Deputy Minister of Amiri Diwan Sheikh Ali Al-Jarrah as a witness. The defense counsel had asked for an adjournment, and Lawyer Mohammad Al-Jassem representing a suspect requested that Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad should be made to join as a principal suspect in the case, claiming the latter was the brain behind the dissemination of defamatory clips, and at the same time, apologized to the judiciary.

Expat acquitted: The Criminal Court canceled three years imprisonment verdict with hard labor slapped on an Egyptian expatriate accused of possessing hashish for consumption purpose and driving under the influence of drugs. The court acquitted the suspect of all charges. The prosecuting officer said he was on regular duty when the Egyptian aroused his suspicion due to erratic manner in which his vehicle was moving, so he ordered him to pull up for checking. The officer said substance suspected to be hashish fell down from the driver’s pockets while he was trying to show his documents. The officer collected the substance and referred the suspect to Drug Control General Department for allegedly driving under influence of drug. Attorney En’am Haider argued that the procedures of arrest and inspection of the suspect were illegal since the officer had no permission from the Public Prosecution for that purpose. Moreover, the documents presented in court did not include any evidence against her client.

By Munaif Nayef, Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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