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Court sets 1 September for closing defense speech in Al-Sadiq blast case
August 19, 2015, 9:20 am
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The Criminal Court, chaired by Judge Mohammad Al-Duaij, set August 25th and September 1st as dates for the closing testimony of defendants' lawyers in the 26 June  mosque blast case. During today's hearing, the civil plaintiffs delivered their arguments before the court on the case number 40/2015. The court later announced that it had agreed on a request from the prosecutors to amend the accusations' list.

As per the amendments, the main defendants are accused of instigating, consenting, and helping the suicide bomber Fahad Al-Qabaa, who was killed in the blast, to use explosives with the intention of deliberate killing and terrorizing of people, blowing up a mosque, joining and promoting for an outlawed group that aims to undermine the ruling regime and destabilizing the state with illegitimate means, including terrorism.

Other defendants are accused of not reporting the authorities about the crime, helping the first defendant to escape and concealing several pieces of evidence, including the mobile phones of the bomber. The prosecutors have demanded extreme sentences against the defendants in the last session, where the prosecution's representative had forwarded thorough details on.

The tribunal has assigned a number of attorneys from Kuwait Lawyers Association, along with other counselors to defend 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. The court has ordered release without bail for 11 of the 29 persons accused of being involved in the case, however, all of the accused were banned from travel.

The court held its first session on 4 August. The accused include seven Kuwaitis, five Saudis, three Pakistanis and 13 illegal residents in addition to another person who has remained at large. 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 in Iraq and Levant (ISIL).

Al-Sadiq mosque, located in Al-Sawaber area in the heart of Kuwait City, was bombed on 26 June, during the fasting month of Ramadan. Up to 26 people died and 227 others were injured in the attack. 
 

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