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Expat’s 15 years jail cut to 5 with hard labor Court acquits citizen of forging bank documents

KUWAIT CITY, March 2: The Court of Appeals amended the previous verdict on the imprisonment of an expatriate, accused of kidnapping and raping a teenager, from 15 years to five years with hard labor and deportation after completing the term.
The higher court commuted the death sentence imposed on the accused by the Criminal Court.
Case files indicate, the accused took the victim to a desert area in Sulaibiya instead of taking her to her family’s house.  He allegedly raped her and the act resulted in pregnancy.
However, lawyer for the accused, Attorney Basma Al-Sedr, argued against the allegations when the Criminal Court sentenced his client to death in absentia.  She insisted there was no proof that her client forced the girl into the act.
The court later amended the charges from deception, kidnapping and rape, to just kidnapping and statutory rape.  The court, thereof, sentenced him to 15 years in jail but the lawyer appealed the case, saying the judgment contravened Article 109 of the Criminal Law.
Meanwhile, the Criminal Court acquitted a citizen of forging banking documents; in addition to booking air tickets, trains, hotels and commercial services outside Kuwait worth over KD20,000.
The Public Prosecution charged the accused with forging documents of an unidentified person in 2011.  For three months, the accused manipulated the person’s credit card and used data from the latter’s visa to book aircraft, trains, hotels and other commercial services outside Kuwait. Fees for these services were charged to the card of the supposed victim.
Lawyer for the accused, Attorney Horaa Al-Habib, argued that the documents and other pieces of evidence presented by the defendant are not enough to implicate her client.  She then demanded for the acquittal of her client.
 By Jaber Al-Humoud
Al-Seyassah Staff

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