4-years jail with hard labor, KD 1,000 fine and deportation for expat on run Court acquits citizen of drugs, firearm possession

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 21: The Criminal Court issued a verdict of four-year imprisonment with hard labor followed by immediate deportation as well as a fine of KD 1,000 against an Asian expatriate who was accused of consuming and possessing drugs. The defendant did not attend the court session as he had run away.
According to the case files, when the defendant went to claim his vehicle that was seized by traffic officers for a traffic accident, the security officers at the location sensed that he was disoriented. They checked him and found hashish with him. He was referred to the concerned authorities for a medical test, which revealed that he had consumed drugs.
However, the suspect managed to escape from police custody and failed to turn up at the court session. According to Article 2/122 of the Penal Code, the court is allowed to issue a verdict in the absence of the defendant.

Acquittal verdict: The Criminal Court acquitted a citizen of having in his possession narcotic substances and a firearm.
According to the case file, police officers on patrol in Ahmadi governorate came across a vehicle parked at a dirty yard with two people inside it, and they observed the two people were not in normal condition. The suspects were then transferred to the concerned authorities and results of their urine sample confirmed they took narcotic substances.
The prosecuting officer also found an unlicensed gun with the suspect, and he confessed possessing a weapon but denied using drugs.
Meanwhile, the Criminal Court acquitted a citizen of possessing intoxicants for consumption purpose and driving under influence of narcotic substances, and ordered a second suspect to be treated at a rehabilitation center for a minimum of six months and maximum of two years, and confiscation of illicit items in their possession.
The prosecution officer, alongside his colleague, was on a routine patrol in Hawalli area when they sighted the defendants inside a car which was moving in an erratic manner, so they ordered the motorist to stop. The officers realized the suspects were under influence of drugs and went ahead to conduct a search on them during which varieties of illicit drugs, including heroin and morphine, were found inside nylon bags.
Later, the Public Prosecution discovered the first suspect is an ex-convict who spent five years in jail with hard labor for a similar offense.

Sentence reduced: The Appeals Court recently amended the verdict of the Court of First Instance and sentenced the brother of a former MP to one year imprisonment.
The lower court had earlier sentenced the man to two years imprisonment with hard labor and fined him KD 2,000 for religious contempt.
Case papers show on April 9, 2012, the accused had published on his social networking account Twitter blasphemy about Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and Islam that led to chaos in the country.
In addition, the Court of First Instance sentenced him to 2 years of imprisonment with hard labors and immediate execution, as well as it fined him to pay KD 2,000.

Case rejected: The Fast-Track Court of Appeals presided over by Judge Khaled Al-Othman upturned the verdict of the Court of First Instance, which rejected a case filed by a company against a local bank.
The court ruled against the garnishment of KD 22 million belonging to the company in a ministry.
The company’s solicitor Lawyer Ali Al-Tarrad pleaded the court to disregard the garnishment order, insisting that the bank should pay legal fees and related expenses.

Case adjourned: The Criminal Court presided by Justice Salah Al-Hoti adjourned to Jan 17, 2013 hearing into the case of the embezzlers of public funds.
Case papers indicate 15 citizens — men and women — are involved in the case.
They allegedly registered in an imaginary company to benefit from the National Labor Support System which paid KD 400 per month for the owner of the company and the latter in return paid KD 100 each for the suspects.
The male accused are said to have denied the accusation while the women have confessed to being ‘hired’ as secretaries and agents in the company.
Some of them affirmed they had stopped working for over six months due to some maintenance work in the company but continued to receive ‘perks’.

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