The Criminal Court yesterday pronounced a verdict levying a fine of KD 3,000 each on Talal Al-Saed, Director of Scope television channel, his son and the program coordinator. Political activist Mohammed Al-Juweihil was fined KD 150 for participating in a television program and leveling untrue accusations against MP Musalam Al-Barrak. Judge Abdulrahman Al-Darmi also ordered defendants to pay a sum of KD 5,000 as final compensation to the plaintiff.
Separately, the Criminal Court adjourned hearing on the case of Mohammed Al-Maymouni, who was tortured to death to September 6, 2011. Charges have been pressed against 20 people, mostly officers from the Criminal Investigation Department(CID). The case was deferred to a later date, allowing the investigating committee enough time to collect sufficient evidence.
The committee is headed by Dr Abdullah Al-Hamadi, Senior Forensic Doctor at the Criminal Evidence Department, and the Head of the Psychiatric Department of the Faculty of Medicine at Kuwait University. He is required to sign the psychiatric evaluation report of the 17th suspect Hamad Al-Meri. This is to verify his involvement in the case that is registered as No 18/2011.
The judge listened to the testimony of three doctors from the Psychiatric Hospital. It began with a statement provided by Dr Haya Al-Mutairi, Head of the Psychiatric Department, who answered the questions posed to her. Al-Mutairi noted that she transferred Al-Meri to the forensic department, and checked the patient's condition, "I wrote down my findings on his behavior.
He mentioned all the facts about the nature of the torture involved and provided information about individuals. I then went on vacation. Both Dr Abdullah Al-Hamadi and Dr Abdullah Ghloum signed the report in my absence. The report was referred on April 20, 2011. He is responsible for his acts in this case and was proven to be very caapble," she said.
The Court also investigated with Dr Abdullah Ghloum who also performed a check up on accused Hamad Al-Meri and recorded his finding. He stated that Al-Meri was born with a mental disability and did not exercise full control over his emotions. He suggested that Al-Meri undergo another medical evaluation. The Court also listened to the testimony of Dr Abdullah Al-Hamadi, whose views concurred with that of Dr Haya Al-Mutairi.