Abdali appeal case adjourned to April 13 – Minister investigates students ‘slandering’

KUWAIT: The appeal court yesterday adjourned hearing the Abdaly case until April 13. The court also decided to hold the next hearing, where two state security officers and detectives would testify, behind closed doors restricting those attending to lawyers only. Addressing the court, chairman of the Egyptian lawyers syndicate and chairman of the Arab lawyers union, the defendants’ lawyer, Sameh Ashour stressed that the wireless communication devices seized with his clients were nothing but toys sold in local markets. The criminal court had sentenced the first and the 23rd (Iranian) of the 25 defendants to death, the sixth to lifetime imprisonment, 15 defendants to 15 years in prison, three defendants to five years in prison and one defendant to 10 years with labor while it acquitted the first defendant’s brother over charges of espionage and communicating with Iran and Hezbollah as well as possessing an arsenal of explosives and weapons.

Court orders
In other news, the appeals court yesterday sentenced two brothers to ten years in prison each over charges of funding and fighting with the Islamic State (IS) in Syria. The two suspects had been sentenced to seven years in prison by the criminal court. The court also acquitted ten expatriate and Kuwaiti doctors of causing the death of a patient by medical errors. The court proved that the patient had died of causes other than the procedures of the surgery he underwent. Meanwhile, the misdemeanor court set Aril 13 to make its ruling in a case in which blogger Sara Al-Derais is accused of blasphemy.

Students offended
Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Bader Al-Essa promised to investigate an issue pertaining with an educator who reportedly offended Kuwaiti students inside a public school. Photos taken from Snapchat have went viral recently on social media allegedly showing students in a Farwaniya school with captions that read slanderous remarks targeting the students. The footage were said to be uploaded by an Arab trainee who had been visiting the school on field training. These information could not immediately be verified.

New CMA headquarters
Chairman of the capital committee at the municipal council Dr Hassan Kamal said that the committee yesterday approved a request made to allocate a site to build a headquarters for CMA. The committee also approved a request made by MSAL to allocate an area of 435 square meters to build a wholesale and supplies branch at Daiya. Kamal added that other topics on the meeting’s agenda, such as a proposal to build a financial district, were postponed. Kamal also stressed that the committee postponed removing violations in public property (unlicensed cafes and cabins) pending summoning the municipality’ emergency team leader.

Salwa streets asphalt
Chairman of the Hawally committee at the municipal council, Yousif Al-Ghareeb urged relevant state authorities to immediately re-asphalt a number of streets in Salwa area because the asphalt layer had been damaged by rain. He added that so many citizens have been complaining about the streets condition noting that this had caused considerable damage to their vehicles.

By Meshaal Al-Enezi and A Saleh

This article was published on 30/03/2016