KuwaitMiddle East – North Africa News New Cyber Crimes Law restricts free expression and targets online activists Courts uphold newspaper’s closure, increase blogger’s jail term to go further February 23, 2015 Find out more —- 23.11.2010 – Well-known blogger arrested after getting one-year sentence for defamationLawyer and netizen Mohamed Abdel Qader Al-Jassem was arrested at his home last night and taken to Kuwait City’s main prison to begin serving the one-year jail sentence that a court had passed on him earlier in the day on a charge of defamation. He was convicted for claiming in his blog (www.aljasem.org) in November 2009 that the Iranian intelligence services were using a businessman close to Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah to meddle in Kuwaiti affairs.Al-Jassem had announced after the hearing that he intended to appeal. But the judge had already ruled that an appeal would not suspended execution of the jail sentence, and that Al-Jassem would have to begin serving it immediately.A few hours before his arrest at around 8:30 p.m., his daughter, Sumayah Al-Jassem, had told Reporters Without Borders: “My father is at home, expecting to be arrested at any moment. He is clearly the target of a campaign orchestrated by the prime minister, who cannot stand any criticism. My father is the symbol of what the government can make people suffer when they dare to say what they think, when they dare to stand up to it. Such persecution does Kuwait’s image a great deal of harm.”In all, more than 15 prosecutions have been brought against Al-Jassem, four of them by the prime minister. He has been acquitted in two of the cases (http://en.rsf.org/koweit-journalist-mohamed-al-jassem-28-06-2010,37826.html) and a third is currently under way. Today’s case is the fourth one brought by the prime minister.A Kuwait City criminal court today meanwhile again adjourned – this time until 28 December – a case against Al-Jassem that was brought by Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad, the son of Kuwait’s emir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. The court previously agreed on 20 September to a defence request for the emir’s son to appear in court to explain the reason for his lawsuit.The emir’s son, who is minister of the royal court, sued Al-Jassem after he criticized government policy in his blog posts. The suit accuses him of “attacking the emir’s status” (http://en.rsf.org/kuwait-trial-of-mohamed-al-jassem-22-09-2010,38418.html).Al-Jassem has been jailed twice in the past 12 months, most recently on 11 May, when he was convicted of “attacking national unity” and defaming the prime minister for criticizing the government in his blog. He was freed on 28 June, after 49 days in detention.He was previously detained for 12 days at the end of 2009 at the headquarters of the criminal investigation department as a result of a libel suit brought by the prime minister on 2 September 2009 in connection with an article published in Alam Al-Youm on 16 August 2009 accusing the prime minister of encouraging religious tension in order to hold on to his job. RSF_en News News Reporters Without Borders hails today’s decision by Kuwait’s supreme court to overturn lawyer and netizen Mohamed Abdel Qader Al-Jassem’s three-month jail sentence on a charge of defaming the prime minister, Sheikh Nasser Mohammad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah. Arrested on 22 November, Jassem was freed as a result of the ruling, after serving 62 days of his sentence.Jassem was convicted over an entry in his blog (www.aljasem.org) last November in which he accused the Iranian intelligence services of using a businessman close to the prime minister to meddle in Kuwait’s affairs. The original one-year jail sentence had been reduced to three months on appeal.Reporters Without Borders welcomes Jassem’s release but points out that he continues to be the victim of judicial harassment and is due to appear in court again on 31 January on a charge of defaming the emir and spreading false information about Kuwait. Most of the cases brought against him have been the result of complaints by the prime minister. Help by sharing this information September 5, 2014 Find out more Popular blogger charged with blasphemy January 21, 2016 Find out more Organisation Receive email alerts KuwaitMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Kuwait News January 24, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Blogger freed after supreme court overturns conviction
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Comments Let’s take a trip down memory lane. In 2007, Daryl Gross was three years into his athletic director post at Syracuse. He had three years to take in Big East football after his move from Southern California. With Pete Carroll at the helm of USC and the Trojans a national powerhouse, Gross designed a non-conference schedule full of similarly ambitioned opponents to USC. He soon found out he couldn’t do the same at SU. Running a program in turmoil under then-head coach Greg Robinson, Gross realized he would have to take a different approach to scheduling. And so, in an interview with The Daily Orange three years ago, he even said making a date with a Division I-AA team — or, as the division is now known, FCS — would be a possibility. One of them. ‘I think I-AA (Football Championship Subdivision) is very considerable,’ Gross told The D.O. in an article published on Nov. 8, 2007. ‘I wouldn’t want to see two I-AA’s on our schedule. But I think one is more than reasonable, especially when we’re growing this program.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text And here we are, three years later. The Orange is gearing up for its fourth game of the season, trying for its best start to a season since 2003. And it is preparing to do so against an opponent coming to the Carrier Dome — Colgate — that is, of course, its second FCS opponent in as many weeks. Behind all the glitz of history with Colgate, behind all the preparation for ‘Alabama,’ and behind all the ‘Maine is a heck of a team’ clamor, there is one telling proclamation behind the two weeks of bold, illustrious proclamations about subpar teams. And it comes straight from the horse’s mouth. ‘We really didn’t have a lot of options,’ SU head coach Doug Marrone said Monday, ‘on what we could do with our schedule.’ And so, sometime in early April, Colgate Athletic Director David Roach got a call from the SU administration. Was he surprised? Not really. Just excited for the possibility. Were they apprehensive? Not really. Just a bit desperate. ‘It was late,’ Roach said. ‘I’m not sure that there were many other opportunities for them. We were happy that they did (call), and it’s been something that has caused quite a bit of excitement.’ And why not? There’s the excitement that goes along with bringing back a rivalry of the past that hadn’t been seen in 23 years. But that’s because Colgate football and Syracuse football have taken very different paths in those 23 years. Colgate downgraded from Division I-A to Division I-AA in 1982. The Raiders have found great success since the move down, but there’s a reason the team made the move in the first place. They couldn’t compete at the FBS level anymore. Colgate does not offer football scholarships to its players. Only need-based financial aid, per Patriot League football rules. That could change come December. ‘The Patriot League is trying to decide whether it will allow football scholarships,’ Roach said. ‘If we do, then (Colgate) would want to play one FCS team per year. And we would think about playing Army, Navy, Duke and maybe, occasionally, Syracuse.’ From desperation on one end of the phone to a potential program alteration on the other. Upon adding Colgate to the schedule, Syracuse had nothing to gain and everything to lose. That all changed this week when, by some miracle — actually, by the ineptitude of FBS college football teams — SU’s road to a bowl may have been repaved. With an additional bowl on the schedule this season, there is concern there will not be enough traditional bowl-eligible teams to fill all the spots. This led the NCAA to consider two options: adding five-win teams, or six-win teams with two wins over FCS teams, to the bowl field. Nick Carparelli, the chair of the NCAA committee that would determine the next step, said Thursday that discussions are still ongoing. Still, there is apprehension on the committee’s part. ‘That’s just the current rule as it is,’ Carparelli said of the six wins against non-FCS opponents currently needed for bowl-eligibility. ‘As you know, all NCAA rules are voted on by the entire membership. … So there’s a reason it’s there.’ Four games in, off to the best start in seven years, we still won’t know much about the current Syracuse football team at the end of Saturday. The team will be 3-1, with the entire Big East and the other relevant non-conference opponent Gross managed to schedule — Boston College — still left on its slate. But if the season shakes out like it should across the nation, Syracuse will be one-half of the way to that illustrious bowl appearance. Gross did not return multiple calls for comment for this story. But Syracuse’s path to a bowl thus far brings up another point Gross mentioned three years ago. ‘Some people have the model to play some bad people to get into the bowl game,’ he said then. ‘But if your goal is to just get to the bowl game, that’s fine. I can figure out a way to do that, too. I think we want a bigger picture, too.’ Brett LoGiurato is an assistant sports editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 23, 2010 at 12:00 pm
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