DUBAI A Kuwaiti court has provided a suspended prison sentence to Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah, a senior member of the ruling loved ones and a powerbroker in international sport, for quoting remarks by the country’s ruler with no permission, nearby media stated.
The Gulf Arab state’s constitution describes Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah as “immune and inviolable”, and quoting him without permission from his court is punishable below Kuwaiti law.
The Criminal Court gave Sheikh Ahmad, who is president of the Olympic Council of Asia and sits on the International Olympic Committee, a six-month suspended sentence and ordered him to spend 1,000 dinars ($ 3,300), the Arabic-language al-Qabas newspaper reported.
He had been accused of quoting the emir without having permission in an interview with a neighborhood television station in 2014, al-Qabas reported.
Even though al Qabas did not cite the comments produced by Sheikh Ahmed, he was at the time at the center of a controversy soon after filing a legal complaint concerning two former officials.
As portion of his complaint, Sheikh Ahmed submitted audio and video clips seemed to recommend that former prime minister Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah and former parliament speaker Jassem al-Kharafi have been suspected of contacting a foreign energy, of money laundering and stealing public funds, state news agency KUNA mentioned at the time.
Kuwait’s public prosecutor dropped the inquiry in March, ruling the tape was bogus.
The English language Arab Instances stated the trial also saw Sheikh Ahmad accused of violating a ban by the public prosecutor on publicly discussing the case.
According to the Arab Occasions, the prosecutor’s ban prohibits Sheikh Ahmad from making use of phrases that “instigate chaos or cast doubt on the integrity of the Common Public Prosecutor”, as nicely as members of the judicial authority.
Sheikh Ahmad’s lawyer, Falah al-Hajraf, confirmed an initial ruling had been produced in the case on Thursday. He told Reuters on Saturday that he would choose how to proceed after he had seen specifics of the ruling.
Neighborhood media mentioned Sheikh Ahmad, who is outdoors the nation, plans to appeal the verdict.
(Reporting by Mahmoud Harby Writing by Sami Aboudi Editing by Dominic Evans and Raissa Kasolowsky)