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Retrial demand by Kuwaiti MP

Bahrain News
Fri, 15 Apr 2016

A CONTROVERSIAL Kuwaiti MP convicted by a Bahraini court of unlawfully collecting funds and distributing them to convicted rioters and their families has demanded a retrial in his own country.

The lawyer of Abdulhameed Dashti, who was sentenced in absentia by Bahrain’s Lower Criminal Court in December, claimed the charge was “fabricated” and lacked evidence.

He said his client was ready to appear before the Public Prosecution in Kuwait to defend himself.

“By law, sentencing may not be carried out, partially or fully, if it was given in absentia and without him being informed in the correct manner,” lawyer Yousef Abbas Dashti argued in a letter to Kuwait’s Public Prosecution, according to Kuwaiti newspaper Al Qabas.

“The verdict was given in absentia against my defendant, who is a Kuwaiti national, and according to documents he doesn’t know about the case.”

He reportedly argued that he should not be extradited to Bahrain to serve his sentence. 

“My defendant is ready to appear at the Public Prosecution in Kuwait and reply to the charges levelled against him, which is his natural right and he cannot be extradited to Bahrain in this case,” he said.

“He has legal and constitutional rights guaranteed by the constitution that would make him capable of defending himself before the judge.”

The GDN previously reported that Bahraini MP Jamal Buhassan had also lodged 10 lawsuits against Mr Dashti in Kuwaiti courts, along with complaints in London and the UN headquarters in New York.

The allegations include interfering in Bahrain’s internal affairs, inciting hatred and division among Bahrainis, calls to topple the government and support to terrorists in Bahrain.

Bahrain’s Public Prosecution has approached Interpol to arrest him.

Mr Dashti was stripped of his parliamentary immunity in Kuwait last month for offensive and aggressive comments he made against the GCC, particularly Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

Last month it was reported that he had left Kuwait, travelled to Syria and even obtained a Syrian passport, although that could not be verified.