September 23, 2015
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.
[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.