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Bedouns acquitted of staging protests

KUWAIT CITY, June 19: The Court of Cassation chaired by Judge Ahmad Al-Ujail upheld the decision of the Court of Appeals and First Instance Court and acquitted 67 Bedoun activists of unlawful gathering and attacking securitymen in Taima area on Jan 13, 2012. In their defense, Lawyer Fawziya Al-Sabah said the verdict proves that Kuwait has an independent Judiciary and advanced laws, indicating it’s time to find lasting solution to Bedoun issue. Case files indicate the activists were arrested and charged for resisting arrest and attacking law enforcement officers.

Meanwhile, the Court of Appeals adjourned the State Security case in which blogger Bu-Asam is standing trial on accusation of defaming Saudi Arabia. The Public Prosecution alleged the blogger perpetrated hostile acts against a friendly nation without the State’s permission through statements he issued via his Twitter account deemed offensive to Saudi Arabia, indicating his actions threatened security and political relations between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

The Criminal Court earlier acquitted the blogger of the accusation. Meanwhile, the Personal Status Court ordered a citizen to pay KD 20,000 to his wife and children in support of their expenses after he refused to pay for their maintenance for many years. Representing the wife and children, lawyer Maryam Al-Bahar told the court that the defendant (husband) married her client, and they have been blessed with seven children.

By Jaber Al-Humoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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