Kuwaiti, Syrian wife get 32 years in ISIS case
KUWAIT CITY, Jan 26: The Criminal Court sentenced an Egyptian expatriate to 20 years in prison and imposed a fine of AED 102 million (about KD 8.2 million). AED 51 million was retrieved from a deceased Kuwaiti defendant as the total amount embezzled from 2007 to 2012 in the Military Attaché Office of Kuwaiti Embassy in Abu Dhabi out of the money allocated by Ministry of Defense for medical treatment.
It is worth mentioning that the Kuwaiti citizen (prime suspect) had died during the course of judicial procedures, and the other suspect (an Egyptian) has been jailed in the United Arab Emirates.
Long-term prison: The Court of Cassation, headed by Counselor Saleh Al-Morished has issued a verdict in the Islamic State (ISIS) case, in which a Kuwaiti and his Syrian wife, who were arrested in the Philippines, in addition to 3 others, including two Kuwaitis and a Syrian, and sentenced them to a total of 32 years imprisonment, reports Al-Rai daily.
The first, second and third defendants were sentenced to 10 years each with hard labor the fourth was acquitted and the fifth was sentenced to 28 months with hard labor for planning to bomb the Ja’afar bin Abi Talib mosque and misusing the phone.
The Criminal Court had earlier sentenced the first accused to 15 years imprisonment with hard labor, the second and third accused to 10 years each with hard labor and the acquitted of the fourth accused (a Syrian) and sentenced the fifth accused to 3 years with labor.
The court had charged the defendants with joining the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), the group that pursues the extremist ideology and calls for disobeying the state authorities in order to demolish its basic systems and forcefully suppress the social and economic systems of the country, by illegal means
Heirs compensated: The Commercial Section in the Court of First Instance ordered an insurance company to pay KD 43,000 to the heirs of an expatriate as physical and psychological compensation, as well as blood money due to a traffic accident that claimed the life of their breadwinner.
Lawyer for the heirs of the deceased Attorney Ali Al-Wawan filed a lawsuit on behalf of his clients, demanding that the company must pay KD 60,000 compensation for physical and psychological damages, including lost opportunities. He urged the court to mandate the company and two drivers that caused the accident to bear the legal fees and other expenses in pursuing the case. He accused the two drivers of reckless driving through which they skidded from the normal lane, rammed into the car of the deceased and hit the roadside metal barrier.
Detention extended: The Public Prosecution ordered continued detention of a couple until Sunday for further investigation into their public indecent action on social media.
According to an informed source, the couple admitted to spreading an immoral video clip on social media to provoke followers who would rain curses and insults on them. They planned to file lawsuits against the supposed bullies in order to obtain easy financial compensations.
5-year jail upheld: The Court of Cassation upheld the verdict issued by a lower court which sentenced a Kuwaiti citizen to five-year imprisonment with hard labor in a State Security case filed against him for being a member of ISIS and training on weapon handling.
By Jaber Al-Hamoud
Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies