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Court acquits citizen in drugs case Expat ‘let-off’ in appeal

KUWAIT CITY, May 26: The Court of Cassation presided over by Justice Salem Khadir overturned the verdict of a court that sentenced a citizen to four years in jail with hard labor for consuming drugs, and acquitted the suspect of all charges. According to the case file, the accused was seen walking on the road while a team of officers was patrolling a residential area, and routine check by the officers indicated the accused had no pending criminal charges.

However, they noticed the accused was nervous, which prompted them to conduct a search on him. He was arrested after hashish was found in his possession. Defense Lawyer Muhammad Al- Khalidi appealed against the ruling and argued in court that the verdict was passed in absentia while his client wasn’t notified (served) about the appeal session, indicating the procedure goes against the law and Kuwait’s constitution.

Verdict revoked: The Court of Appeals revoked the verdict issued by a lower court that sentenced an expatriate in absentia to three-year imprisonment with hard labor, and instead refrained from pronouncing penalty against him for allegedly breaking into the plaintiff’s vehicle, which was parked near a gym, and stealing his wallet containing a certain amount of money and civil ID card, and mobile phone of the plaintiff.

The defense counsel Attorney Abdullah Al-Elanda faulted the previous verdict issued against his client in absentia, using articles 17 and 18 to declare that the procedures were not properly followed. He requested the court to refrain from pronouncing penalty against his client.

Cases dismissed: The Court of First Instance dismissed cases filed by some general instructors, school principals, assistant principals, heads of departments and technical instructors against the Ministry of Education for referring them to retirement after they completed 30 years of service.

However, it granted the demand of a teacher of French language who won her objection to the retirement. The court affirmed that the steps taken by the ministry were not illegal.

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