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Wrongly jailed Kuwaiti man to get KD 0.25m compensation

KUWAIT CITY, March 13: The Court of Appeals, presided over by Judge Khaled Al-Othman, issued an unprecedented verdict in favor of citizen, identified as Badr Al-Mutairi ordering the Ministry of Interior to pay quarter million Kuwaiti Dinars compensation to the latter as he was imprisoned due to a wrong accusation. According to the citizen’s lawyer, Attorney Mohammad Al-Majidi, his client was student when he was arrested in July 2001. At the time, he discovered a criminal verdict was issued against him as he was implicated in crimes he did not commit.

For this, he incurred material and moral damages; not to mention the negative impact on his future, which he cannot recover from nor fix due to the wrong accusation. Al-Majidi disclosed his client was wrongly accused of involvement in drug-related crimes, although he was released on parole after serving one year in prison and after memorizing the Holy Quran completely. Upon his release when he was given his personal effects by the prison officers, the officer stumbled upon Al- Mutairi’s passport which was reported lost for a period of time.

Only then they realized that the passport had been forged by someone who took off the picture of Al-Mutairi, put another picture and then used the passport to commit the crimes wrongly leveled against Al-Mutairi. Immediately after realizing this error, Al-Mutairi sued the concerned ministeries. The Court explained the verdict against the Ministry of Interior was issued due to the grave mistake it committed it committed and negligence in its operations, particularly the failure to determine if the passport had been tampered with. This is in addition to the fact that the arrest warrant issued against the real perpetrator was withdrawn when Al-Mutairi started serving his jail term

Hearing postponed: The Cassation Court, chaired by Judge Faisal Khureibet, postponed deliberations on the State Security case filed against former MPs Falah Al- Sawagh, Khalid Al-Tahous and Bader Al-Dahoum for uttering statements deemed offensive to the entity of HH the Amir. The hearing was postponed until a decision is taken on the request of the defense panel to change the court that will look into the petition. It has been reported the accused made the offensive statements when they participated in a seminar organized by former MP Salem Al-Namlan in Jaber Al-Ali.

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