Saoud A-Fadhli, son jailed for 8 months each in libel suit filed by ex-minister

KUWAIT CITY, April 15: The Misdemeanors Circle of the Court of First Instance, headed by Counselor Nawaf Al-Zua’bi, put behind bars Saoud A-Fadhli and his son for eight months each in a libel suit filed by former minister of health Ali Al-Obeidi on his e-account which he operates under the name ‘Sheikh’, reports Al-Rai daily.

The judge also ordered Al-Fadhli to pay KD 1,000 each to suspend the sentence. The court also referred the case to the competent civil court. According to the ruling, the Public Prosecutor’s Office accused Al-Fadhli and his son Abdulaziz of tarnishing the image and reputation of Dr Ali Al-Obeidi on their electronic account between Feb 24, 2016 and Sept 23, 2017. Investigations conducted by the Cyber Crime Department proved the account was operated by the father and son duo to abuse the former health minister.

Meanwhile, the Court of Appeal nullified the ruling of the Court of First Instance, which sentenced two expatriate men to seven years in prison with hard labor. The appellate court refrained from pronouncing penalty in the alleged forgery of official documents to facilitate the collection of money belonging to another person.

In an appeal filed by Lawyer Hassan Al-Ajmi on behalf of his clients, the Public Prosecution Department charged them for forging official documents by signing a rent agreement on behalf of a Kuwaiti woman and producing receipts for the contract.

The purported agreement was meant to deceive tenants who rented the property. The duo was accused of a deliberate act and charged for conspiring with other people to commit a crime, as those people provided them the required information in forging the documents.

Lawyer Al-Ajmi, representing the defendants argued that his clients were innocent, because they acted without any criminal intention. He cited his clients were the ones who reported the case, indicating they wouldn’t have taken the step if they were accomplices in the crime.

By Jaber Al-Humoud Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies

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