7 Kuwaitis charged over eulogy of slain Hezbollah Mughniyeh

Seven Kuwaitis will be put on trial for allegedly sending a statement to Lebanese and Iranian television stations eulogizing slain Hezbollah Imad Mughniyeh, their lawyer said Tuesday.

7 Kuwaitis charged over eulogy of slain Hezbollah Mughniyeh

Prosecutors charged the men, who are all Shiite Muslims, with "spreading false news about the situation in the country" for sending the statement that "weakened the position of the state abroad," said defense attorney Abdul-Karim bin Haidar.

He said his clients deny any connection to the statement that eulogized Mughniyeh, a top Hezbollah commander who was killed in a February car bombing in Syria.

The statement was broadcast by the Shiite Muslim group's Al-Manar TV station in Lebanon and Iran's state-run Arabic satellite channel Al-Alam.

Shortly after Mughniyeh's death, hundreds of Shiites gathered in a Kuwait City suburb to mourn him as a martyr and a hero. The ceremony provoked an uproar in this predominantly Sunni U.S. ally that blames Mughniyeh for hijacking a Kuwait Airways flight in 1988 and murdering two of its passengers.

Hezbollah has accused Israel of killing Mughniyeh. Israel has denied any role in the killing.

A Kuwaiti criminal court will begin hearing the case against the men, who include four former legislators and one cleric, on April 30, bin Haidar said. If convicted, they could face a minimum of three years in jail, he said.

Last Mod: 16 Nisan 2008, 12:36
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