‘Celebrity’ freed in liquor suit; Terror case hearing set for May 31

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KUWAIT CITY, May 17: The Criminal Court has set the session of May 31 for the trial of 18 members of the “Lebanese Hezbollah Funding Cell”, as referred by the Public Prosecution, in a case filed against them based on State Security charges. The Appellate Court temporarily suspended consideration of the appeal submitted by the defendants and the Public Prosecution against the ruling issued in the case of bribery of judges and money laundering, pending a decision on the request, submitted by one of the main defendants in the case, for the response of the court.

The Court of First Instance’s ruling stipulated the imprisonment and dismissal of six judges, the confiscation of vehicles used as bribes, imposition of a fine, and the imprisonment of businessmen, employees and lawyers for various terms.

Meanwhile, the Public Prosecution decided to release a famous social media influencer on bail worth KD 5,000, but imposed a travel ban on him. He was accused of smuggling liquor from a Gulf country via his private yacht. According to the case file, the General Administration of Customs seized him and found 700 bottles of different types of liquor. In a press statement issued earlier, it had announced the confiscation of a large number of liquor bottles from a yacht carrying a citizen and a resident in the Umm Al-Maradim customs center, after receiving information from the Customs Search and Investigation Department, and coordinating with the South Ports Customs Department.

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