(MENAFN - Arab Times) The Criminal Court, presided over by Judge Mohammed Al-Duaij, adjourned until Sept 29 the hearing on Abdally terrorist cell case involving 26 suspects.
The suspects appeared in court at 11:45 am under tight security as several members of the Special Forces escorted them. During the session, all the suspects denied the accusations leveled against them; claiming they were tortured during investigations so they had no choice but to admit the charges.
This has prompted the lawyers of the suspects to ask the court to refer their clients to a neutral authority such as the Faculty of Medicine in Kuwait University which will, in turn, form a tripartite committee to determine if they were tortured.
The defense lawyers also demanded for release of their clients on bail and to provide them with copies of recordings of surveillance cameras at the Justice Palace. One of the suspects told the court that he owns the weapons found in his house in Abdullah Al-Mubarak. He disclosed the weapons were kept under the ground which was covered with cement, indicating these weapons were used during the Iraqi invasion. He said Sheikh Azbi Al-Fahd was in charge of collecting weapons during the invasion and the latter put these weapons in his father's house in Rumaithiya in March 1991, adding that he was asked to store the weapons permanently.
The suspect narrated: "I met Al-Fahd in 1997 in Jabriya and he asked me at the time about the location of the weapons. Again, he inquired about the weapons in 2004 and I told him the location of the storage. I asked him to get rid of the weapons because we no longer need them considering the ouster of Saddam Hussein but he asked me to keep them.
In 2008, all the weapons were taken from my house and kept under the ground." Earlier, the Public Prosecution charged 24 of the suspects of spying in favor of Iran and Hezbollah in a bid to commit hostile acts and spread chaos in Kuwait, accepting money from Iran and those who work for Hezbollah against the interests of Kuwait, joining Hezbollah that promotes deviant ideologies aimed at demolishing the social and economic systems, possessing unlicensed weapons and ammunitions without informing the concerned authorities, and undergoing training to commit acts against the country.
Meanwhile, the court charged 22 suspects with undergoing training on how to use weapons and ammunition despite knowing that they will carry out criminal acts later; in addition to possessing ammunition illegally.
Nine suspects were also accused of illegally owning wireless telecom sets, five suspects of joining Hezbollah which is keen on promoting ideologies aimed at demolishing regimes and destroying the social system of the country, and one suspect of illegally possessing weapons and ammunition as he hid a machine-gun that belongs to another suspect. The court also charged the brother of one of the suspects of failure to report to the authorities that the latter owns unlicensed weapons.