Kuwait’s Court of Appeals suspended two officers and sentenced them to seven years hard labor in the case of security leaked recordings that date back to 2018.
The Court of Appeal announced the verdict during its Wednesday session after the two officers were previously acquitted in a former trial.
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The ruling also included the dismissal of the officers from their posts and the acquittal of other eight detainees.
The case dates back to 2018, after leaked recordings on social media revealed that personal accounts of prominent public figures, among them lawmakers and journalists, were being watched, leading to a wave of public rage in the country.
On August 20, 2020, former Interior Minister Anas al-Saleh dismissed the Director-General of State Security Agency, the former Director of the money laundering department, and a number of officers.
The case led to a row between members of the parliament and the government.
A week later, the National Assembly announced a no-confidence motion against Saleh, with a majority of 35 deputies, and the ministry of interior was accused of spying on citizens in the case of the leaks.
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