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Woman acquitted of posting offensive tweets – Court hears case against fuel price hike

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 20: The Misdemeanor Court of First Instance acquitted a Kuwaiti woman who was accused of posting offensive remarks on her Twitter account. According to the case file, a Kuwaiti citizen filed a petition against the woman at the Public Prosecution, saying the suspect posted on her Twitter account a comment addressing him which was “God killed sectarians like you”.

Investigations revealed that the woman had posted the comment with the intention of insulting the complainant.

During the court session, the defense counsel Lawyer Fawaz Al-Khateeb insisted that the linguistic meaning of the statement does not represent a crime, elaborating that the Cassation Court stated that any statement should be regarded in terms of its linguistic meaning and not its local meaning.

Based on this argument, the court acquitted the defendant. Meanwhile, the Misdemeanor Court acquitted a booking employee of the tour agency who was accused to swindling a Kuwaiti woman of KD 1,200 by booking fake tickets.

According to the case file, the defendant assured the woman that he will book tickets on her behalf. However, it was eventually discovered that the tickets were fake and the suspect intentionally booked fake tickets to steal her money.

During the court session, the defense counsel Lawyer Zaid Al-Khabaz stressed on the lack of evidences and moral elements related to the crime due to which he insisted that his client cannot be accused of swindling the plaintiff. Meanwhile, the Administrative Circuit at the Court of First Instance Wednesday will continue hearing on the lawsuit filed by Lawyer Nawaf Al-Fuzae against HH the Prime Minister, Minister of Oil, and the Director General of Kuwait National Petroleum Corporation to stop implementation of the decision issued by the Council of Ministers to increase fuel prices since September 1. At the last session, the plaintiff affirmed that government did not carry out appropriate study on the fuel hike, thus prices were increased out of the blue without monitoring. He stressed the decision contravenes Article 4 of Law No.6/1986 that established Kuwait National Petroleum Corporation (KNPC), stipulating the corporation shall take over the marketing of crude oil and gas with proceeds going to the state’s coffers, as per financial recommendations of the minister of oil and approved by the Supreme Council for Petroleum upon which a decree shall be issued.

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