15-year jail for drug trafficker Man acquitted of manslaughter

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 11:  The Criminal Court sentenced an expatriate to 15 years in prison for trafficking in drugs and allowed him to post bail of KD10,000.
The court also sentenced another expatriate to three years and six months imprisonment for a similar offense, while another was acquitted of drug possession.
Lawyer for the acquitted expatriate, Attorney Bashar Al-Nassar, explained the court found his client not guilty due to the absence of incriminating evidence.

Man acquitted: The Court of Appeals has overturned the verdict of a lower court which had previously ruled against an Arab man accused of manslaughter.
Case files indicate an unidentified person died when the vehicle driven by the accused hit him.  The accused told the court it was too late when he noticed the victim and he could no longer avoid hitting him. 
However, an eyewitness who  was with the victim at the accident scene revealed the accused was speeding and changing lanes from time to time until he hit the victim.  He added the accused fled from the scene immediately after the accident.
Meanwhile, defense lawyer Zayed Al-Khabbaz argued in court that his client had no intention to kill the victim.  He also denied the witness’ statement that his client fled from the scene, pointing out the accident happened at 7:00pm and the accused reported it to the police at 7:30 pm.
After analyzing the arguments and pieces of evidence presented by both parties, the higher court acquitted the accused.

‘Pay ex-wife’: The Personal Status Court, presided over by Judge Abdul Mohsen Al-Ajeel, has instructed a Kuwaiti to pay KD100 monthly allowance to his ex-wife, in addition to KD60 salary for the housemaid, KD600 for the expenses of recruiting a housemaid, KD5,000 for a vehicle and KD3,000 for previous expenses.
The court also ordered the defendant to shoulder the legal fees.
According to the ex-wife’s lawyer - Attorney Zeinab Al-Ramzi, she asked the court to enforce Article 75 of the Personal Status Law which mandates the man to provide for his ex-wife and their children.

Hearing adjourned: The Misdemeanor Court has adjourned hearing on a case filed against member of the annulled National Assembly Mohammad Al-Juwaihel until Dec 9.
Al-Juwaihel has been charged with insulting the Mutair tribe on Twitter and possession of unlicensed weapon.
Prosecutor General Dherar Al-Asousi has forwarded the case to the court to deliver judgment.

‘Storming’ hearing: The Court of Appeals on Monday will start deliberations on the Al-Watan Satellite TV storming case.
It can be recalled that the Misdemeanor Section at the First Instance Court sentenced nine youths to two years in jail with hard labor, fined two suspects KD100 each and acquitted one. 
Owner of the channel Sheikh Khalifa Al-Khalifa is said to have withdrawn from the case.

Barrak case opens: The Criminal Court on Monday will look into the case filed against former MP Musallam Al-Barrak who has been charged with insulting the status of HH the Amir, violating the emirate’s principles and challenging the authority of the Amir.
The Public Prosecution filed the lawsuit after Al-Barrak allegedly uttered statements deemed offensive to the Amir at a public rally.  He was released on bail of KD1,000 after his lawyer filed a complaint against the decision of the prosecution.

Comp ordered for family: The Appeals Court supervised by Judge Yousef Al-Haddad obliged an Insurance company to pay KD 43,000 in compensation to heirs of an Iranian expatriate who died after a reckless motorist had knocked him down. This follows a previous verdict the Court of First Instance issued ordering the Insurance Company to pay KD17, 000 only as damages for his death.
Case files indicate two motorists were performing stunts when suddenly one of them lost control over his vehicle, swerving and crashed on the roadside. The Iranian expatriate was hit and killed in the process.
At the session, Attorney Ali Al-Wawan implored the court must oblige the Insurance Company to pay blood money worth KD 43,000 to the victim’s family that has affected by untimely demise of their provider.

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