Al Juwaihal sentenced for spitting on Kuwaiti MP

March 1, 2013

A court in Kuwait on Wednesday sentenced a former lawmaker to one month in prison for spitting on another MP.

Mohammad Al Juwaihal, a highly controversial figure during the five months he spent at the parliament from February, was also asked to pay KD5,001 (Dh65,000) in compensation to former MP Hamad Al Mattar.

The incident occurred on May 5 as lawmakers were engaged in a debate at the parliament hall and was immediately condemned by MPs and ministers present at the session.

Both the parliament and the government decided to bar Al Juwaihal from entering the premises or attending the sessions.

Reports, citing people present during the incident, said that the former lawmaker was drunk.

In a separate case, the court postponed to March 27 the trial of blogger Sarah Al Driss on charges of undermining the status of the emir, taking part in an unlawful rally and misusing her telephone. The postponement was requested by her lawyer.

The court also adjourned to April 10 the trial of four people working for private television channel Al Yawm for reportedly reading out a communique.

According to news sites, Ahmad Al Enezi, Reema Baghdadi, Hassan Rooq and the channel chairman Ahmad Al Jaber will know their fate following the display of a recording of the news broadcast on Al Yawm.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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