Appeals acquits Kuwaiti in drug trafficking

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 9: The Court of Appeals presided over by Judge Najib Al-Mulla revoked the verdict issued by the Court of First Instance which sentenced a Kuwaiti citizen, who was accused of possessing, consuming and selling drugs, to four-year imprisonment.

The court instead acquitted him. The defense counsel Attorney Talal Al-Enezi insisted that the procedures followed in inspecting and arresting his client were not legal. Meanwhile, the Court of Appeals ordered a Kuwaiti company to pay 4,342,854 Qatari riyals to a member of the Qatari ruling family for failure in payment of a debt and for non-completion of a real-estate project in Qatar based on a contract.

Through his lawyer Zaid Al- Khabaz, the plaintiff filed a case at the Court of First Instance against the Kuwaiti company after it closed its branch in Qatar, demanding to execute the verdict issued earlier by a Qatari court in his favor. The Court of First Instance ordered the company to pay the amount to the plaintiff in line with the verdict of the Qatari court. The company appealed the verdict but the Court of Appeals upheld the verdict of the lower court.

In another case, the Court of Appeals adjourned to October 28 the State Security case filed against the Twitter user Abdulrahman Al-Ajmi, who was accused of posting offensive remarks about Saudi Arabia on his Twitter account.

The court also refused to release him. Earlier, the Court of First Instance issued a verdict to sentence Al-Ajmi to four-year imprisonment with hard labor after the Public Prosecution accused him of posting offensive remarks about the monarchy and Saudi Arabia. In addition, the Criminal Court adjourned to December 30 the case filed against the Twitter user Mohammad Al-Ajmi, also known as Abu Asim, after he was accused of posting offensive phrases on his Twitter account.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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