Musallam Al Barrak’s trial adjourned to May 27

May 13, 2013

Kuwait’s court of appeals on Monday adjourned the trial of former lawmaker Musallam Al Barrak to May 27.

The court is expected to announce in two weeks its verdict on the case that has been rivaling for local attention with popular soap operas shown on local and Arab television stations.

Al Barrak was last month sentenced to five years in jail for allegedly abusing the country’s Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah in a speech he gave on October 15 in the Kuwaiti capital Kuwait City at the pinnacle of a bitter standoff between the government and the opposition over the amendment of the controversial 2006 electoral law.

According to security forces and several political formations, he stepped over the limits traditionally accorded to the Emir. However, the ex-MP and his supporters denied the claim.

The drama surrounding the case was intensified last month after Al Barrak refused to turn himself in to the police, arguing that he wanted to see the original arrest warrant and managed to remain out of prison until he appeared before the court of appeals to challenge the jail sentence.

The court suspended the sentence, but told him that he had to be physically present for the trail session on May 13.

The day again started with high drama after Al Barrak said that he would boycott the trial if his supporters were not allowed to attend it.

Al Barrak said in a brief statement as he arrived at the court that he did not regret the statement he made in October and that he would repeat it even in ten years.

“I hold on to what I said. It is my destiny,” he said, according to a Kuwaiti news site.

The opposition figure reportedly later told his team of lawyers to leave the court if the judge insisted on a closed-door trial.

In their pleadings, his lawyers requested the court to send the case back to the lower court on the grounds that the five-year ruling was null and void after the judge ignored the defendant’s constitutional rights.



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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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