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Saturday , August 24 2019

Student not guilty of joining terror group

KUWAIT CITY, June 7: The Court of Cassation rejected the appeal filed by the Public Prosecution against a ruling issued by the Court of Appeals which acquitted a university student of joining the terrorist group known as ‘Al-Nusra Front’.

Al-Qattan, stressed in court that the Kuwaiti law does not apply to According to prosecution’s file, the accused carried out hostile action against a foreign country (Syria) without authorization from the government of Kuwait by joining Al-Nusra Front which is affiliated to al-Qaeda.

The student allegedly underwent training on carrying and using weapons. The prosecution argued that the action of the accused jeopardized Kuwait’s relations with Syria and his participation in a banned organization could have led to war.

Lawyer for the accused, Attorney Abdul-Muhsin Al-Qattan charges filed against his client due to lack of authority, in addition to nullification of confession on his participation in military operation. The lawyer also pointed out the failure to prove that his client had criminal intent. Previously, the Court of Appeals overturned the ruling of a lower court which sentenced the accused in absentia to 10 years in prison with hard labor. The higher court refrained from issuing its verdict and ordered the accused to pay KD 500 as guarantee for his pledge of good conduct.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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