Court resumes sessions on mosque blast case

Kuwaiti special forces vehicle guard in front of the Kuwait's palace of justice in Kuwait City on August 4,2015.
Kuwaiti special forces vehicle guard in front of the Kuwait’s palace of justice in Kuwait City on August 4,2015.

KUWAIT: The Criminal Court, chaired by Judge Mohammad Al-Duaij, will resume its sessions today in the case of Imam Al-Sadeq Mosque blast that took place on June 26 in Kuwait city. The court in its second session last Thursday ordered the release of 11 out of 29 suspects in the mosque suicide bombing case, including two women, without bail.

It also maintained the travel ban on the released suspects and ordered them to attend all coming sessions, as well as asking the Correctional Facilities Department to allow all defendants who are in custody to contact their relatives and lawyers, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.

The court asked the Kuwait Lawyers Association (KLA) to provide lawyers to a number of defendants who have no representatives in accordance with the Article 120 of Kuwaiti Code of Criminal Procedures and Trials.

In response, KLA official Ahmad BuGhaith announced yesterday that four lawyers have been nominated to attend today’s session with the defendants.

The court started Thursday’s session with presenting security camera footage that included a compact disc (CD) and a flash memory which showed Fahad Suleiman Al-Qaba’a, who committed the blast. During the same session, Abdulrahman Sabah Eidan, a defendant, reiterated his confession that he transported the suicide bomber to the mosque on the day of the attack; saying the car belongs to another defendant.

Among the defendants are seven Kuwaitis, five Saudis, three Pakistanis, 13 illegal residents, and a fugitive defendant, whose nationality has not been identified. Two defendants were arrested in Saudi Arabia. The mosque blast took place during Friday prayers, leaving 26 people killed and 227 others injured.

By Meshaal Al-Enezi and agencies

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