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KUWAIT CITY, Oct 16: The Court of Cassation closed the curtain on the “terrorist financing case” filed against a Kuwaiti citizen ShafiAl-Ajmi. It decided to uphold the ruling issued by the Court of Appeals in January to imprison Al-Ajmi and his brother for a period of seven years each and impose a fine of KD 700,000, as well as sentenced another citizen to five-year imprisonment and impose a fine of KD 30,000. The Court of Appeals had sentenced Al-Ajmi, his brother, and the other citizen to prison and imposed the fine after convicted them of financing the Syrian terrorist group Al-Nusra Front.
Early last year, the Public Prosecution detained Al-Ajmi and his brother for two days based on allegations of illegally collecting donations and financing terrorist and extremist groups in Syria with more than half a million dinars in cash. Al-Ajmi was accused by Washington in 2014 of financing terrorism by collecting money for armed groups in Syria. He was arrested in Kuwait the same year, and sanctions were imposed on him along with two others including his brother.
The authorities then released him shortly after his detention. In another judicial context, the Court of Cassation issued a final ruling to uphold the verdict of a lower court to imprison the chairperson of a charity organization for a period of five years and impose a fine of KD 120,000 for defrauding donors for charity projects and usurping KD 211,000 from the donors’ funds. The Public Prosecution charged the accused with committing a crime of laundering KD 211,502 by deliberately acquiring, possessing and transferring these funds for the purpose of concealing their illegal source, and under the full knowledge of obtaining them fraudulently. By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff