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Expat duo absolved in liquor case Court acquits US citizen of carrying drugs and use

KUWAIT CITY, July 18: The Criminal Court presided over by Judge Hesham Abdullah acquitted an American expatriate who was accused of possessing illicit drugs for consumption and trade. According to the case files, the prosecution officer testified that he had received information about the suspect possessing marijuana after which he obtained a search warrant from the Public Prosecution. He searched the residence of the suspect and found large quantities of marijuana. After arresting the suspect, he revealed that he obtained the item from another individual, who had fled immediately after seeing the officers at the ground floor of his residence.

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Expat duo absolved: The Misdemeanor Court of Appeals revoked the verdict issued by the Court of First Instance, which had sentenced two expatriates to onemonth imprisonment for consuming alcohol, which was confirmed by a report issued by the General Department for Criminal Evidences. The court instead acquitted the suspects. Attorney Khalid Al-Sofian appealed against the verdict issued by the Court of First Instance, insisting that the procedures followed for searching and arresting the suspects were illegal. Meanwhile, a Kuwaiti citizen has demanded the court to issue a payment order against a compatriot for not abiding by the previous verdict issued by the court, which had ordered the debtor to pay KD 50,000 without the right to appeal.

According to the case files, the previous verdict ordered the execution of all necessary steps, including freezing of bank account, confiscation of cars, properties, and arrest of the debtor, for ensuring the payment of the amount. However, the complainant was surprised when the debtor managed to travel out of the country to United Arab Emirates despite the procedures ordered against him. He said he expected the Ministry of Interior to do the needful by arresting the debtor, but it did not happen when the debtor left the country and returned. He accused the security operatives of dereliction of duty and denial of his rights as a citizen in addition to violation of the financial laws.

By Jaber Al-Humoud Al-Seyassah Staff

By: Jaber Al-Humoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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