TV anchor acquitted in fake news case

9 pardoned in fight over parking

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 19: The Court of Cassation has acquitted television presenter Ayesha Al-Rashid of broadcasting and spreading fake news, charges which she denied vehemently. Previously, the Criminal Court sentenced Al-Rashid to three years in jail and imposed guarantee of KD 1,000 to suspend implementation of the verdict. Al-Rashid, in her capacity as news presenter in one of the channels on Twitter together with the producer of the channel, was accused mentioning than an Iranian general entered Kuwait during the last power blackout which hit the country.

Nine pardoned: The Court of Appeals nullified the verdict of First Instance Court that sentenced nine male and female suspects to various jail terms ranging from three months to two years. The Appellate Court accepted plea of the plaintiffs and pardoned the defendants on a public brawl that took place over parking space. The prosecution officer stated the first suspect, his children and some guests engaged a neighbor and members of his family in a fight after a guest of the defendant parked his car in front of the plaintiff’s house. The fight led to the use of knives. Lawyer Faisal Mohammad Al- Otaibi presented a signed document to the court indicating withdrawal of the plaintiff’s family from the case.

‘Men in uniform’ win: The Court of Cassation has put an end to lawsuits on “indemnities” for military personnel and finally decided to include the period of study in the military college as ‘active service’, reports Al-Qabas daily. The decision, which follows many years of encounter in court, affects officers in the four military institutions (Army, Police, National Guard and Fire Service).

Hearing Monday: The Criminal Court on Monday will hold a hearing on the State Security case of Twitter blogger Hamed Boyabis. A few weeks ago, General Prosecutor Dirar Al-Asousi ordered detention of Boyabis for 21 days in the Central Jail in relation to the case in which he is accused of using words deemed offensive to the entity of HH the Amir. He filed for bail on grounds that he has children studying in the United States of America and he needs to communicate with them regularly, but the court rejected his request despite the defendant assuring he will respect the bail terms as he did before. The accused denied all charges leveled against him, stating that he did not intend for his tweets to offend HH the Amir.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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