Kuwaiti girl who joined Daesh exonerated

Defendant’s lawyer blamed well-known Kuwaiti preachers of influencing the youth

Manama: Kuwait’s Court of Appeals has upheld a decision by a lower court not to sentence a young girl accused of joining the Daesh terror group in northern Sinai, Egypt.

In November last year, the Criminal Court said that it would not issue a ruling against the young girl who was not named publicly.


In its ruling, the court said that imams and preachers had a significant role in ensuring the stability of society and should therefore confront those who deceive young men and women.

Both courts seem to have accepted the arguments of the defendant’s lawyer, Khalid Al Kafeefa, who said in his pleadings that several well-known Kuwaiti preachers had encouraged young people to engage in the fighting in Syria and Iraq.

The lawyer said that these preachers were the main reason for his client to join a terror group in Sinai, explaining that her young age made her vulnerable and easily impressionable.

The Kuwaiti defendant was put on trial after the public prosecution accused her of joining a terror group from 2015 until 2017.

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