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Woman acquitted of committing immoral activities inside her vehicle Court obliges insurance firm to pay KD 25,957 to bank

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 16: Lawyer Mubarak Al-Khashab appealed the verdict of the First Instance Court that obliged heirs of a debtor to pay an estimated KD 25,957 with 4 percent interest rate owed by their late father from the date of the closure of his bank account. At the hearing, Lawyer Al-Khashab argued the bank was ineligible to require heirs of the deceased man to pay their late father’s debt, according to Item No. 4/1 of the Constitution which stipulates the Insurance Company is responsible for paying the debt if the debtor dies or he’s unable to payback the debt, based on contract or agreement between the concerned person and the bank. He maintained the late debtor had signed the insurance contract and settled all payable fees and installments of insurance as due. According to medical report, the debtor had died of disease he was suffering from before he received the bank loan, while it was not mentioned in the contract of paying a specific interest rate in case one of the parties breached the contract. The Appeals Court then revoked the ruling of the Court of First Instance and obliged the insurance company to pay KD 25,957 to the bank. The court rejected demand of the lawyer to release heirs of the debtor from paying legal interest of the loan to the bank.

Woman acquitted: The Misdemeanor Court acquitted a Kuwaiti woman who was accused of committing immoral activities with her friend inside her vehicle which she had parked in front of a health clinic. According to the case file, the defendant denied the accusation issued against her by her brother-in-law, revealing that a dispute between the latter and her was the reason why he reported such a fabricated incident against her. The defense counsel Attorney Zaid Al-Khabaz stressed the contradictions in the testimony of his client’s brother- in-law who reported the incident, and the eye witnesses, which proves that the accusation was fabricated and his client was innocent. He urged the court to acquit his client from all charges.

Man ordered to pay KD 50 fine: The Misdemeanor Court of Appeals upheld the verdict issued by a lower court which ordered a Kuwaiti citizen to pay a fine of KD 50 for humiliating a security leader of Jahra area. Attorney Abdullah Al-Kandari accused the defendant of publicly insulting a security leader of Jahra area by publishing false information about him in a website with the aim of distorting his reputation. Attorney Al-Kandari requested the court to punish the defendant based on Article 201 of the Penal Code on public insult crimes and humiliation of public employees for their work. He also requested a compensation of KD 5,001 to be paid to his client for the damages he faced because of this issue.

Man ordered to buy real estate: The Court of Appeals has allowed a man to buy a real-estate property from another after proving the legality and applicability of a contract signed by the two parties. In a petition filed on behalf of his client, Attorney Humoud Al-Rawdhan said his client bought a plot of about 357 square meters in Rabya area from the defendant for KD 130,000. The two sides had agreed that his client would pay KD 30,000 as down payment and that the remaining sum would be paid after the plot is registered in his name in the real-estate registration office. However, when the plot was not registered, his client filed the petition. Attorney Al-Rawdhan stressed that his client’s stance is legal as he had offered the agreed price for buying the plot. However, the defendant refused to receive the money that they agreed on. He added that the defendant had admitted at the Court of First Instance that the plot was sold to his client. He therefore asked the court to cancel the appealed verdict and prove the legality of selling the real-estate.

Appeals upholds verdict: The Appeals Court upheld the verdict of the Court of First Instance that refused an expatriate Muslim woman’s petition to prove her marriage and divorce to a Christian man in their country. The woman claimed she was married to the defendant in their country and asked the court to oblige the Justice Ministry to attest her marriage and then divorce. Attorney Dawoud Al-Salman submitted a memo imploring the court to refuse the petition, because it is against the law of personal affairs. He said the documents submitted by the plaintiff do not include official papers attesting the marriage, indicating the defendant is Christian and hasn’t embraced Islam.

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