The Criminal Court presided over by Justice Mohammad Ja’afar suspended until Oct 12 the lawsuit filed against six defendants- two Kuwaitis, two Syrians, a Saudi national and an Egyptian, in connection with the donations made by some tribes in Kuwait that went to the Islamic State without their knowledge. According to the case file, more than KD 400,000 was transferred from Kuwait to Turkey via UAE to the members of ISIS in Syria. All defendants were charged for collecting donations with intent to finance terrorism.
The first defendant was accused of committing hostile act against a friendly country to jeopardize Kuwait’s relations with them, and the second defendant was charged for training members of the group based on his knowledge of using weapons to perpetrate atrocious acts in support of ISIS. Investigations pointed to correspondences and transfer of funds via some Asian countries after closely monitoring and tracking the phone calls of the brother of one of the defendants, which indicated over KD 400,000, was collected from three tribes in Kuwait through donation campaigns and transferred to the terrorist group without the tribe’s knowledge.