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Kuwait- Court acquits cleric Khamis in contempt of Shia doctrine


(MENAFN - Arab Times) Two absolved of embezzlement, dishonesty

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 19: The Misdemeanor Court has acquitted the preacher Othman Al-Khamis of his alleged contempt for Al-Ja'afari Doctrine on social media 'Twitter' where he described the sect as going astray. Before delivering the verdict, the presiding judge said the emergence of religious sects, societies and groups is due to contradicting opinions of scholars and Imams, in addition to differences in environment and civilization of the nationalities practicing the religion.

The judge believes the division in Islam is low compared to other religions, and emphasized that all Islamic sects believe in oneness of Allah the Almighty, sanctity of the Holy Qu'ran, Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as messenger of Allah, and using Holy Kaaba as the only Qiblah (direction) for obligatory prayers. He reiterated the sects do not disagree on fundamental aspects of the religion but only differ in certain secondary aspects, indicating there is no point for aggression and non constructive culture of revenge in society.

In the previous sessions, Lawyer Jelil Al-Tabbakh presented a fi le containing all relevant documents such as photos and statements credited to the defendant, as contained in the petition and investigation, affi rming the defendant works as a senior supervisor at the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs. He accused the defendant of going around places to sow the seed of discord among Muslims, and wondered how the ministry allowed its staff to appear on the TV channels to castigate Shiite scholars as infi dels and act in contempt against a sect that has numerous citizens as members.

Embezzlement, dishonesty: The Misdemeanor Section in the First Instance Court, headed by Judge Ra'ed Al-Deuoli, acquitted two defendants of dishonesty and misappropriating money. The Public Prosecution accused the defendants of embezzling about KD 74,000 and taking 7,000 medical lenses that one of them sold although these items belong to the company where they worked and were handed over to them according to a contract. Attorney Muhammad Khalil Al-Qattan, the defendants' representative in court, pointed out that the definition of crime of dishonesty is not applicable to his clients. He added the plaintiff did present incriminating evidence so he demanded for acquittal of his clients.

Robberies reported: A Kuwaiti woman filed a complaint at Farwaniya Police Station against an unknown person who allegedly stole her handbag while she was inside a commercial complex in Farwaniya. The woman told police that her handbag contained some cash and a luxury wristwatch. A case was registered and investigations are ongoing to arrest the suspect. Meanwhile, an Egyptian reported at Sharq Police Station that an unidentified person stole four portable refrigerators which contained fish ready for delivery to a restaurant. He told police that he thinks a compatriot committed the act due to a dispute between them earlier. The suspect will be summoned soon for questioning and legal action if proven guilty. On the other hand, securitymen from Sharq Police Station discovered an abandoned car in a vacant lot. When the officers checked details of the vehicle, they found out that it was reported stolen in Doha.

Cash scam cases: A Kuwaiti citizen wanted for KD 78,000 offenses was apprehended by security operatives from Mubarak Al-Kabeer Directorate. Also, private task force arrested a citizen involved in KD 45,000 fi- nancial case along King Fahad Expressway. And, a Kuwaiti lady was nabbed in Ahmadi area in connection with KD 36,000 financial case. All suspects were referred to concerned authorities.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies

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