Zain wins appeal in Kuwait lawsuit
Kuwait, February 2, 2013
Kuwaiti telecom operator Zain said it had won an appeal against a discrimination lawsuit filed by a member of the country's ruling family, according to a statement on the stock exchange.
The lawsuit, filed by Sheikh Khalifa Ali al-Khalifa al-Sabah, accused Zain of unfair selection of members to the board of directors in April 2011.
Kuwait's Court of Cassation rejected the essence of Sheikh Khalifa's lawsuit in a hearing on Jan. 30 and ordered him to pay the fees associated with the case, the filing said.
The ruling was final since the court was the highest legal body in Kuwait for the suit, it added.
At the April board meeting, Sheikh Khalifa was voted off the board, and Bader al-Kharafi, the vice chairman of Kharafi Group was elected in his place.
Sheikh Khalifa had steadfastly and successfully opposed the Kharafi-led proposed sale of a 46 per cent stake in Zain to Etisalat, with the Kuwaiti company's feuding board one of the reasons why UAE's top telecom operator scrapped its $12 billion offer in March 2011.-Reuters