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Kuwait: ‘Illegal to arrest lawyer while performing his official duties’

October 3, 2019

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Chairperson of the permanent Defense Committee in Kuwait Lawyers Society Attorney Fawaz Al-Khateeb said it is illegal to arrest a lawyer while performing his official duties, indicating such action hinders the process of serving justice and infringes the rights of the lawyer.

In a press statement, Al-Khateeb disclosed a lawyer was arrested when he requested to be present before an investigator who was looking into a case. He was detained at Hadiya Police Station and then transferred to Ahmadi Police Station where he spent the weekend.

He explained the act of arresting the lawyer is against the law, particularly procedural articles 11 and 75 which govern the legal practices of lawyers. He pointed out that a lawyer insisting to be present with his client during investigation is not considered illegal.

He argued that excluding the lawyers from investigation under the pretext of confidentiality is unjustifiable as the principle of confidentiality in the eyes of the law does not apply on lawyers accompanying their clients while being questioned

‘Illegal to arrest lawyer while performing his official duties’

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Kuwait: Twitter account of human rights lawyer Abeer Al-Haddad hacked after she sued the head of the Central Apparatus for Illegal Residents’ Affairs

October 6, 2018

On 05 October 2018, the twitter account of human rights lawyer Abeer Al-Haddad was hacked in Kuwait, four days after she sued the head of the Central Apparatus for Illegal Residents’ Affairs.

Her twitter account shows the following message “Caution: This account is temporarily restricted.” The Executive Director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), Khalid Ibrahim, tweeted about the incident and asked for support, saying, “Show your solidarity with Human Rights Lawyer Abeer Al-Haddad,” whose Twitter account @3beerlawyer was hacked “solely due to her defense of the Bedoon Community in the country.”

On 02 October 2018, she filed a legal complaint at the Administrative Court against the head of the Central Apparatus for Illegal Residents’ Affairs, Saleh Al-Fadala, for his failure to reform the situation of the Bedoon community in Kuwait and protect their civil and human rights. Some observers say that this institution has complicated the daily life of Kuwait’s Bedoon citizens.

This prompted Al-Haddad, as a lawyer and legal attorney to a large number of Bedoon citizens, to sue the head of the Apparatus not only due to the fact that he was working without legal status, but also because she accused him of neglecting both his duties and job functions. In addition, he reportedly failed to achieve the humanitarian objectives for which the Apparatus was established.

On 13 August 2018, Al-Haddad published a tweet stating her intention to sue Al-Fadala, whom she said was working illegally.



https://www.gc4hr.org/news/view/1967 (ARABIC)

Kuwait: Human rights lawyer Abeer Al-Haddad faces threats due to her ongoing defense of Bedoon rights

August 20, 2018

According to reports received by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), human rights lawyer Abeer Al-Haddad has received a large number of threats due to a recent tweet she published, in addition to her ongoing defense of the civil and human rights of the Bedoon community in Kuwait.

On 13 August 2018, Al-Haddad published a tweet on her Twitter account stating: “After the end of his term in the Central Apparatus for Illegal Residents’ Affairs, Saleh Al-Fadala is working illegally and I declare my intention to sue him as the attorney for thousands of people affected from among the Bedoon.”

The Central Apparatus for Illegal Residents’ Affairs was established under decree No. 467 issued in 2010. Al-Fadala was appointed as the head of this government body with the rank of Minister by Decree No. 468 issued in 2010. The period of work of the Apparatus was determined to be a period of five years but no extension was mentioned in either decree; however, it was extended twice, in 2015 for two years, and in 2017 for a period of three years, and no decree was issued referring to the extension of the work of the head of the Apparatus.


https://www.gc4hr.org/news/view/1931 (ARABIC)

Kuwait: Lawyers attacked by ‘Fintas Group’ members at hearing – Judge defers case to Nov 9, lifts travel bans

September 23, 2015

A video grab shows the lawyers being attacked at the Palace of Justice

The criminal court yesterday began the trial of 13 people including four members of the ruling family of the so-called Fintas Group on charges of threatening national security and insulting HH the Amir.

Ahead of the start of the hearing, lawyers Loay Al-Kharafi and Ibrahim Al-Kandari were attacked in the corridors of the Palace of Justice by some of the accused members of the Fintas Group.

One of the attackers shouted that the “judiciary is corrupt” and that they would settle the issue with their “own hands”, meaning outside the law.


Kuwait court upholds prison sentence for insulting ruler on Twitter

[JURIST] A Kuwaiti appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling that sentenced a man to five years in prison for posting comments about the Gulf nation’s ruler on Twitter. Defense lawyer Fahad al-Harbi announced [AP report] Thursday that the court upheld the sentence of his client, Abdulaziz al-Mutairi, for tweets made in 2012 that were deemed insulting to Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah [official website], Kuwait’s emir and hereditary ruler. This ruling follows a similar detainment [JURIST report] earlier this month of former lawmaker Saleh al-Mullah [personal Twitter account] for tweets criticizing the ruler. Insulting the emir remains a crime in Kuwait, but Mutairi will seek a further appeal.