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Female citizen acquitted in drugs case

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 3:  The Court of Appeals acquitted a female citizen of involvement in a drug-related case after overturning verdict of the First Instance Court which sentenced the citizen to five years in jail with hard labor.
Case files indicate the officer in charge applied for arrest warrant from the Public Prosecution on suspicion that the accused is having an extra-marital affair as per the complaint filed by her husband.  The officers later arrested the woman inside her bedroom, where they found narcotic substances.  She was sentenced to five years in jail with hard labor on the drug-related case while the extra-marital charge was dropped.
Attorney Tariq Al-Kharas, lawyer for the accused, told the court the arresting officer overstepped the limits of the arrest warrant as he was supposed to make the arrest in case the accused was caught having an extra-marital affair; hence, the search and arrest procedures taken were illegal because the warrant was not for the drug-related case.

Jail revoked: The Court of Appeals presided over by Judge Nasser Al-Heed revoked the verdict issued by the Court of First Instance which sentenced a Kuwaiti citizen to ten-year imprisonment and hard labor. The court instead acquitted him of possession of narcotic pills due to illegality of the procedures followed to arrest and search him. 
The Public Prosecution had accused the suspect of possessing amphetamine drugs for trafficking and consumption and alcohol.
According to the case file, two securitymen noticed the suspect driving the vehicle recklessly. They followed him until he stopped in front of his house. After checking his details, they searched the vehicle and found drugs and liquor. They immediately arrested him and referred him with the confiscated items to the concerned authorities.
Attorney Ayed Al-Rasheedi stressed that the arrest-and-search procedures followed by the officers were illegal, thereby nullifying the procedures that followed. He added that his client was not caught red-handed for the officers to arrest him, and he did not try to escape from them.

Hearing adjourned
: The Criminal Court adjourned to Oct 8 a case filed by former Qatari prime minister Sheikh Jassem bin Hamad Al-Thani and several Qatari military officers against columnist and TV presenter Fuad Al-Hashem who was accused of offending the State of Qatar, its leaders and people.
The court had referred the case against Al-Hashem to the Public Prosecution after the plaintiff’s defense team withdrew the case against former MP Musallam Al-Barrak and TV presenter and columnist Mohammad Al-Washehi.
According to the case files, the plaintiff’s defense team requested the court to consider the civil rights of his clients, requesting for the transfer of the case to another section while waiting for the verdict of another similar case that is being handled in another section.



By: Jaber Al-Humoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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