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ATTORNEY URGENT  ALERT

 

KUWEIT

 10 May 2010 

 

Ongoing harassment and intimidation

against

(c) copyright

Mohammad Abdul-Kader al-Jassem

lawyer and blogger

jailed for allegedly insulting Kuwait's head of state and had raised the matter with the Kuwaiti government.

 

Source : Front Line

 

 

 

On 10 May 2010, Mohammad Abdul-Kader al-Jassem was arrested for allegedly insulting Kuwait's head of state and had raised the matter with the Kuwaiti government.

Mohammad Abdul-Kader al-Jassem is a Kuwaiti lawyer who has observed trials on behalf of human rights organisations, and a prominent writer. Mohammad Abdul-Kader al-Jassem is also the author of books and articles on issues including political reforms, corruption and the independence of the judiciary.

 

Kuwaiti lawyer and blogger, Mohammed Al-Jassem, has been in jail since 11 May 2010 when he was summoned to the department of National Security for interrogation. Al-Jassem was detained after a complaint against him was issued by the office of Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah. Al-Jassem is also accused of spreading false news that could harm Kuwait's national interests.

His trial opened on May 24 and the court banned Kuwaiti media from publishing reports about the case.  Mohammed Al-Jassem was brought to the court from the central prison guarded by masked, armed members of the special security police, hand cuffed to the back, foot cuffed, and blind folded. It is also alleged that he was ill-treated by security staff on the way to court. When he was placed in the defendants' cage in the court room he was greeted by applause from the audience. During the session, Mohammed Al-Jassem and his lawyers complained that according to Article 44 of the Law on Penal Procedures, the 21-day maximum period of precautionary detention of Mohammed Al-Jassem had ended on 31 May 2010 and, since there had been no court order to renew his detention, his continued detention was thus illegal.

   On his website, he criticized the ruling al-Sabah family and accused Prime Minister Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah of mismanagement and corruption.  

On 7 June 2010, the second session of the trial of human rights defender Mr Mohammed Al-Jassem took place in Kuwait City. Mohammed Al-Jassem was presented before the court for the second session of his trial in hall 17 in the Palace of Justice in Kuwait city, in State Security Case No.1/2010 on charges of "instigating to overthrow the regime," "slight to the personage of the Emir" and "instigating to dismantle the foundations of Kuwaiti society".

The charges were based on complaints filed by Shaikh Nasser Al-Sabah, Minister of Royal Court Affairs and son of the Emir of Kuwait. The charges were all in relation to articles written by Mohammed Al-Jassem during the last five years posted on his blog “Al Meezan” http://www.aljasem.org. .

The case was adjourned until 21 June 2010 in order to hear the testimony of investigation officer. The judge ordered the defendant to be examined by a medical committee. Mohammed al-Jassem faces up to 18 years in prison if convicted according to his lawyers.

 IDHAE  said the charges against him were political and called for his release.

Kuwait, the world's fourth-largest oil exporter, has the freest press among Gulf Arab states but its ruler is protected from criticism by the constitution. Many writers have been fined or imprisoned for defamation.

 

 

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