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Citizen acquitted of assaulting, forcing wife to sign KD 42,000 debt

 KUWAIT CITY, Aug 5: The Criminal Court presided over by Judge Adnan Al-Jassar acquitted a Kuwaiti man of beating and insulting his wife and forcing her to sign a debt worth KD 42,000. The plaintiff alleged she was beaten by the husband and threatened to sign papers at the Documentation Department in Hawalli involving KD 42,000 debt, but the employee refused to accept her signature after noticing she was coerced to do so. Later, she allegedly went to the Ministries Complex with the husband to finalize the papers. She is said to have gone ahead of the husband to explain to the concerned employee that she was being forced to sign the papers but the employee purportedly ignored her.

However, the suspect denied the accusation in front of the Public Prosecution and the court. Attorney Bashar Al-Nassar argued in court that the accusation was malicious, indicating investigations conducted on the case proved that the plaintiff was telling lies, while the report of Criminal Evidences Department did not verify the plaintiff’s signature, which she claimed was signed under duress - coupled with inconsistencies in her statements. He said the plaintiff was keen on defaming his client because she wants to get divorce and benefit from dowry worth KD 40,000.

Meanwhile, the Administrative Court has nullified the annual performance evaluation for a female employee at the Environmental Public Authority (EPA) with its attendant effects. The plaintiff’s counsel, Attorney Mubarak Al-Khashab, filed a lawsuit against the director general of the authority on behalf of his client - a biology researcher. He asked the court to annul the ‘weak’ evaluation for 2013 with its attendant effects, as well as the need to restore right of his client to ‘excellent’ rating and order the defendant to pay legal fees. He explained his client obtained bachelor’s degree in microbiology before joining EPA as a junior researcher on Oct 12, 2010 and later promoted as a researcher. Her evaluation for the past eight years used to fall within ‘very good’ and ‘excellent’ ratings until 2013 when she started working under a new superior.

The woman submitted an official petition against the evaluation in January 2014 and the response indicated that the evaluation had been approved. The lawyer argued that the documents presented did not contain any misdeed against his client for her evaluation to fall so drastically without a convincing explanation

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