The criminal court, chaired by Judge Mohammad Al-Duaij, adjourned yesterday the case of Imam Al-Sadeq Mosque blast until Sunday for the hearing of prosecution’s defense. The court had decided during the third session held two days ago to pursue the prosecution with a testimony by the ranking officer during a closed-door hearing that took place yesterday. It also took a decision to resume the regular proceedings as of August 16th. The court started the first session on August 4.
The accused include seven Kuwaitis, five Saudis, three Pakistanis, 13 illegal residents in addition to a refugee who has been remained unidentified. The tribunal had tasked a number of attorneys from Kuwait Lawyers Association, along with other counselors, with defending the suspects. None of the assigned barristers will be allowed to request relief from the mission, and those willing so, must present compelling reasons for abstaining. During a session held on Thursday, the tribunal ordered the release of 11 out of 29 persons accused of being involved in the case without bail, however all of the accused were banned from travel.
Previous sessions witnessed cross-examining the “number-one suspect,” Abdulrahman Sabah Al-Eidan, re-examining confiscated materials including a flash memory, including statements by Fahad Suleiman Al-Qabaa, who had personally carried out the bombing attack on the mosque. The flash memory included the security camera film showing the car that boarded the suicide bomber, the moment he descended from the vehicle entering the mosque during Friday prayers as well as the actual blast. Eidan testified that he had driven the car to the target with attacker sitting on the front seat and that the vehicle belonged to ‘suspect number seven’ Jarrah Nimer.
The court held its first session on August 4th. The list also includes five others who have not been detained. Two of them have been arrested in Saudi Arabia-they are brothers; one named Majed Abdullah Al-Zahrani (the fourth defendant) and Mohammad Abdullah Al-Zahrani (the third defendant). Another brother of the two had stayed in Kuwait before being handed over to the Saudi authorities. The trio’s fourth brother is in Syria, in the ranks of the Islamic State (IS). The mosque, located in Al-Sawaber district in the heart of Kuwait City, was bombed on June 26th, during the fasting month of Ramadan. Up to 26 people died and 227 others were injured in the attack.