Kuwait: Appeals Court Overrules Acquittal of Sheikh Al-Maatouk, Fines him 20.000 KWD
2017-02-06 - 8:11 p
Bahrain Mirror: The Kuwaiti appeals court overruled on Sunday (February 5, 2017) a verdict issued by the first-instance court acquitting the Secretary General of the "Islamic Alliance", prominent Shiite cleric Sheikh Hussein Al-Maatouk, and fined him 20.000 Kuwaiti Dinar, after convicting him of "circulating false information and violating the national unity".
Al-Maatouk is on trial based on a Friday sermon he delivered in the Imam Al-Hussein Mosque in which he criticized the Ministry of Interior and accused it of torturing suspects in "Al-Abdali cell", who were lately acquitted by the court of appeals.
The Public Prosecution had accused Sheikh Al-Maatouk of inciting sedition through a Friday sermon and violating the national unity through circulating false information that would undermine the state's prestige and doubt the jurisdiction and prosecutors.
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