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‘Umma’ chief acquitted in libel suit – Ex-MP fined for offending Speaker

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KUWAIT CITY, Oct 26: The Criminal Court acquitted chairman of Al-Umma Bloc Dr Hakem Al-Mutairi of offending the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia via satellite TV. Earlier, Al-Mutairi was arrested on the State Security case upon the orders of Public Prosecution that charged him for defaming Saudi Arabia in a televised program. The bloc had issued a statement saying the detention of Al-Mutairi was based on an interview he granted Sharq satellite channel, affirming their chairman in no way offended Saudi. In a similar case, the Criminal Court adjourned to Nov 16 the State Security case filed against activist Tareq Al- Mutairi who faces multiple charges, which include committing a hostile act against Saudi Arabia and deliberately publishing false information on its internal situation, and inciting the public against Kuwait’s leadership.

Ex-MP found guilty: The Criminal Court has found former female MP Safa’a Al-Hashim guilty of offending Speaker of the National Assembly Marzouq Al-Ghanim and fined her KD 20,000 fine and ordered her to pay KD 5,001 temporary compensation, reports Al-Rai daily. Al-Hashim offended the Speaker during a television interview. The daily added, the court also found the television and two employees of this network guilty and fined them.

Treat kid, MoH told: The Court of Appeals chaired by Dr Nayef Al- Mutairi upheld verdict issued by the Administrative Court and ordered the Ministry of Health to treat a Syrian toddler who is suffering from a chronic disease. When the Health Ministry refused to treat the girl because of the high cost which would amount to KD 65,000 each year, the father of the girl took the ministry to court. The plaintiff lawyer Qutaybah Al- Sa’eed pleaded to the court to mandate the ministry to give necessary treatment to the victim who is suffering from an ailment known as ‘gaucher’ the effects of which covers the entire body. The attorney explained when the child was born on Oct 14, 2010 medical tests showed she was suffering from a chronic disease. The doctors in a report said she needed treatment including injections which would cost KD 65,000 a year and the ministry refused the treatment although it was fully aware the girl’s life was in danger. The lawyer pointed out the decision violated the teachings of Islam and the United Nations General Assembly Agreement No. 44/25 of 10/12/1989 which has been effective since 2/9/1990 and Kuwait a signatory to it since 25/9/1991.

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