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Court acquits military personnel of torture

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 10: The Criminal Court acquitted two military personnel at the Interior Ministry of torturing a Kuwaiti suspected of involvement in a drug-related case. A medical report was presented showing the suspect suffered injuries in different parts of his body due to the torture. However, the defendants’ counsel - Attorney Abdul-Aziz Al-Khalfan - argued in court that the plaintiff twisted facts, because his clients merely performed their security duties. He explained his clients intervened in a public fight between the plaintiff and another person when their cars collided.

Case files indicate the officers were checking status of the feuding parties when they discovered that the plaintiff is wanted by law for a civil case, so they searched his car leading to the discovery of some narcotic substances including a roll of hashish. The officers then referred the suspect to the Public Prosecution. The lawyer affirmed the suspect fabricated stories that the officers tortured him, clarifying the latter sustained injuries when he hit the culvert while trying to flee from scene of the feud. He also cited contradictions in the statements of the suspect as confirmed by the detectives during investigation.

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