The Criminal Court presided over by Judge Mohammad Al-Duaij adjourned to Wednesday the hearing of the case concerning the bomb blast on Imam Al-Sadiq Mosque to enable the defense counsels to duplicate documents at the court’s expense in the presence of an officer from the State Security Department. The session will be held on camera. The court also fixed Aug 16 session for the Public Prosecution to make its presentations.
During the last session, the presiding judge stressed that the court will no longer accept flimsy excuses from the defense counsels — either those appointed by the defendants or assigned to them by the state — unless they have tangible reasons for missing court sessions, which the court can accept or reject. He insisted that the lawyers should be serious in representing their clients.
At the resumption of the hearing, the court asked about the lawyers appointed by Kuwait Lawyers Association to represent the suspects. It was informed that four lawyers have been appointed — Lawyer Omar Al-Qenai for the first and tenth defendants, Lawyer Hussein Al-Hardan for the 17th defendant, Lawyer Faisal Al- Hudeibah for 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th and 29th defendants and Lawyer Fawaz Al-Murshid for the 9th defendant.
During a previous session, Attorney Thamer Al-Jad’a was appointed to represent the 22nd, 23rd and 24th defendants along with his original client who is the 7th defendant.
Except for the 9th defendant, all eleven suspects who were released on bail in the last session had appeared in the court along with those who were detained at the Central Prison. The court allowed those who sued for their civil rights to peruse and copy documents after paying necessary fees.
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. The lawyers who were appointed to defend the suspects pleaded for the release of their clients on bail for amounts deemed appropriate by the court.
The 10th defendant identified as A.A. declared that the prison officials denied him access to his lawyer and urged the court to grant him access. The court asked the 14th defendant if he was satisfied with Attorney Faisal Ayesh Al- Mutairi as his counsel and he answered in the affirmative.
The court started last Thursday’s session with a presentation of security camera footages that included a compact disc (CD) and a flash memory which showed, Fahad Soleiman Al-Qaba’a, who detonated the bomb. 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.
Source: Arab Times