KUWAIT CITY, Feb 7: The Court of Appeals upheld the verdict of First Instance Court and sentenced the first and second suspects in the killing of a Kuwaiti man at the chalets of Lulua Kheiran to 10 years imprisonment with hard labor, and commuted 5 years jail term to the third, fifth and sixth suspects respectively. The court discharged and acquitted the fourth suspect and the seventh suspect to 22 months.
Earlier, the Court of First Instance sentenced four of the seven suspects to 10 years in prison with hard labor and the other three to 5 years with hard labor. Attorney of the sixth suspect lawyer Zaid Al-Khabbaz argued that there was no concrete proof that injury causing the death of the deceased citizen was inflicted by his client; thus his role in the fight was only self-defense, indicating he was present to rescue his friends, which included the departed.
Blogger fined: The Criminal Court presided over by Judge Mut’eb Al-Ardhi fined blogger Hamed Bu Yabes KD 10 thousand after he was found guilty of offending the Shiite sect through his posts on Twitter. The court also ordered confiscation of his phone. The Public Prosecution accused Bu Yabes on four accounts related to offending the Shiite sect, instigation of sectarian tension, publishing of false information, jeopardizing the welfare of Kuwait, and misuse of mobile phone. It is worth-mentioning the defendant had denied all charges level against him, affirming he did not intend to insult or offend anyone with his Tweets
By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies