68 on trial for storming Kuwait parliament

A Kuwaiti court began on Monday the trial of 68 people, including nine MPs, for storming the parliament building in November to demand the resignation of the former prime minister, a lawyer said.

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Published: Mon 25 Jun 2012, 10:03 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 2:42 PM

The court accused them of various charges including storming parliament, resisting police, unauthorised gathering and urging policemen to disobey orders, Al Humaidi Al Subaie, one of the defence lawyers, said.

If convicted, the men could face jail terms of between three and 10 years depending on the charge, the lawyer said.

The court set its next hearing for October 8 to allow time for defence lawyers to study the case documents, and for the court officials to ask parliament to lift the immunity of the nine lawmakers, Subaie said.

All the 68 people are free on a $3,600 bail each.

Some of them were arrested at the time of the incident and detained for two weeks. —

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