Trials of Bedoon protesters postponed

Stateless Arabs, locally known as bidoons, take part in a demonstration in demand of the Kuwaiti citizenship and basic rights, in Jahra, 50 kms (31 miles) northwest of Kuwait City, on October 2, 2013. Bidoons were born and raised in Kuwait and claim they have the right to Kuwaiti citizenship, but the government says only 34,000 of a total of over 106,000 qualify for consideration, while the rest hold other nationalities. AFP PHOTO/YASSER AL-ZAYYAT

Kuwait’s Criminal Court decided yesterday to postpone the cases of 33 Bedoon protesters to the 29th of April for further investigation. Other 18 Bedoon protesters will be receiving the court’s verdict on the 8th of April. All protesters are accused of vandalism, attacking the police, illegally protesting, and refusing orders to disperse their protest. One of the detainees lawyers, Fawzia Al-Sabah, made a statement in criticism of the trials: The interior ministry is using violence and arrests against the Bedoon illegally to hide the violations that Bedoon protests address and unveil.

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