Jail upheld for two men – 7 years for DAESH cleric

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KUWAIT CITY, March 15: The Court of Appeals presided over by Judge Adel Al-Huwaidhi upheld a previous court ruling, which sentenced a police officer and a Kuwaiti civilian to fiveyear imprisonment each with hard labor. The court also ordered termination of appointment of the first defendant from the Police Force, and ordered seizure of a fake report and illicit drugs used to implicate a Kuwaiti couple. The officer, based on information gathered from his civilian accomplice who planned to disgrace the couple, abused his position by storming the residence of the couple under the claim of carrying out an official search and arrest operation. The plaintiff counsel Lawyer Bushra Al-Hindal demanded temporary compensation worth KD 5,001 due to the dent that the police action had on the image of her clients. Meanwhile, the same court sentenced a Kuwaiti citizen to two-year imprisonment for forging official documents and stealing the phone of a female police detective with which he blackmailed her. The court obtained images and video clips with which the suspect was threatening to blackmail the officer and later had posted on social media.

Cleric jailed: The Court of Cassation upheld the verdicts issued by the Court of Appeals and the Court of First Instance which sentenced a cleric to seven-year imprisonment with hard labor for inviting people to join DAESH, violating the state laws, possessing an unlicensed weapon and holding a fake Iraqi passport. According to the case file, investigations conducted by the in-charge officer revealed the suspect was in possession of an unlicensed gun and ammunitions. The officer then obtained a warrant from Public Prosecution to arrest the suspect, and arrested him on the same day. However, when he searched the house, he did not find any weapons or ammunitions but instead found posters and stickers with the sign of DAESH. He was referred to the concerned authorities. The officer explained that the suspect had obtained a fake Iraqi passport in 2008 in order to easily enter Iraq and Syria. He possessed an unlicensed weapon, and recognized Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi as a Caliph. He went back to Kuwait in 2010 with the hope that an amnesty was issued for him in the case filed against him for the murder of one of his relatives. However, he was arrested and referred to the Sentences Enforcement Department. He stayed in prison from 2010 to 2014 but in the jail, he used to encourage other inmates to join DAESH in Iraq and Syria.

Hearing adjourned: The Criminal Court Thursday adjourned to March 29 the State Security case filed against 13 Kuwaiti citizens who are accused of hiding and sheltering convicts of the Abdali Cell. The defendants and their legal team had requested time for probing the arresting officer. The court asked the defendants about the level of their involvement in sheltering and hiding the convicts who disappeared following a final verdict issued by the Court of Cassation to imprison the convicts, but the defendants were all in denial. The Public Prosecution had referred these 13 citizens to the Criminal court with charges of hiding fugitives of justice and belonging to a banned organization that propagates destruction of systems.

KD 5.5m funds scam: The Criminal Court Wednesday adjourned to April 25 the case of facilitating misappropriation of public funds to the tune of KD 5.5 million in the Jaber Stadium tender. About 31 government officials from Ministry of Public Works and Public Authority for Youth and Sports as well as the project contractor are implicated in the case. The case has been adjourned to pave way for questioning of witnesses — Director of Public Authority for Sports Dr Hamoud Fleiteh and Director of Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) Dr Hassan Kamal — who will respond to the court and the panel of judges. The total number of government officials implicated in the case was initially 37 but six of the accused have already been exonerated

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff