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Trio acquitted of taking drugs, stimulants

KUWAIT CITY, April 29: The Court of Appeals upheld the ruling of the First Instance Court that had acquitted three citizens of consuming drugs and brain stimulants. The decision came after the arrest procedures were declared null and void. Attorney Hashim Al-Alawi, lawyer for one of the accused, argued in court that the procedures taken against his client were illegal. He demanded for the nullification of the urine test report released by the Criminal Investigation Department due to the legal loopholes found in the arrest and search procedures. The lawyer also pointed out that his client was not under suspicion or in any situation which would have given the arresting officer the right to arrest him without a warrant from the Public Prosecution.

Case referred: The Criminal Court chaired by Judge Ahmad Al-Habib decided the court has no jurisdiction to look into the petition filed against the decision to close Al-Watan Arabic newspaper and Alam Al-Yawm newspaper for two weeks as per decision issued by the Public Prosecutor for not complying with ban on publishing the ‘tape’ case. The court decided to refer the petition to Fast-track Court to look into the case on May 4, 2014. Attorney Nawaf Al- Mutairi said the law wasn’t interpreted correctly in the verdict.

Five acquitted: The Criminal Court acquitted five Kuwaiti citizens who were accused of setting on fire the headquarters of a nullified parliament member Mohammad Al-Juwaihil prior to the elections of the first nullified National Assembly. Attorneys Mohammad Al-Mutairi and Duwaim Al-Muwaizri said they interrogated the officer in charge of the case along with other attorneys. The officer affirmed that he did not see the suspects committing the crime and they were not at the site when the incident occurred.

Board reinstated: The Court of Appeals cancelled the decision of Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor to dissolve the Board of Firdous Cooperative Society, and ordered to reinstate the board members of the society. Attorney Nawaf Al-Mutairi said the verdict proves victorious for the right and just, as the rights of the board members were violated. He stressed that it is not fair to hold a board responsible for all the pending problems of the previous boards.

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