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Court acquits expatriate of smuggling, peddling drugs

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 29: The Criminal Court presided over by Justice Hisham Abdullah acquitted an expatriate of smuggling narcotics (hashish) into the country for trafficking purpose. According to the case file, the Public Prosecution charged two suspects of smuggling hashish into the country with the intention to sell and without obtaining clearance for that purpose and evading custom duties. Lawyer Talal Sabr Al-Enezi who represented the first suspect pleaded with the court to nullify the charges leveled against his client for evading customs while the signature of the Director General of customs was missing on the prosecution document. Also Lawyer Al-Enezi faulted procedures in the opening of the parcel, which he stressed, violated Article 55 of the unified GCC customs laws. He implored the court to nullify arrest and search procedures implemented by the concerned authority based on inconsistencies in the testimonies and investigation conducted in that regard.

Doctors sentenced: The Misdemeanor Court presided over by Judge Fawzan Al- Fawzan has sentenced three doctors - a German and two Egyptians - to one-year imprisonment for committing a medical error during liposuction surgery, which resulted in the death of a 20-year old Kuwaiti citizen, reports Al-Qabas daily. However, an informed source revealed that the sentence has been suspended until the verdict of the appeal is determined, adding that the three doctors have been banned from leaving the country.

Hearing soon: The Court of Appeals presided over by Justice Anwar Al-Enezi will start hearing on the appeal filed by former MP Musallam Al-Barrak against the ruling of First Instance Court that sentenced him to 5 years in prison with hard labor and immediate execution on accusations of defaming the Amiri status with a speech he delivered at a seminar. The verdict had been issued in April. It is noteworthy the defense team of Al-Barrak, Abdulrahman Al-Barrak and Jassar Al-Jad’l had implored the court to release their client on bail, and the court responded to their plea and released Al- Barrak on KD 5,000 bond.

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