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Arab expat acquitted in kidnap of Kuwaiti spouse

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 6: The Misdemeanor Court of Appeals overturned the verdict issued by a lower court which sentenced an Arab expatriate to five-year imprisonment followed by deportation over allegations of theft, attacking his Kuwaiti wife and attempting to kidnap her.

The court instead acquitted him of all the allegations. According to the case file, the Public Prosecution accused the suspect of stealing some movable assets belonging to his estranged Kuwaiti wife, and beating her causing injuries, which were specified in the medical report. He was also accused of attempting to kidnap the woman, but his plan failed due to the large number of people who gathered along the roadside where the woman fell unconscious.

However, the defense counsel Attorney Yousef Al-Yousef insisted that the allegations were merely malicious with the intention to indict his client. Affirming that the statements and evidences against his client were contradicting and inconsistent, he stressed that his client was innocent.

Jail, fine revoked: The Court of Appeals acquitted a Kuwaiti citizen of alleged possession of illicit drugs and refrained from penalizing him, thereby revoking a verdict issued by a lower court which had sentenced the defendant to three years in prison with hard labor and a fine of KD 100.

According to the case file, the Public Prosecution accused the suspect of possessing different types of illicit drugs and hashish for consumption without any proof that he was officially authorized to consume the drugs.

However, the defense counsel Attorney Fareeh Al-Kouh faulted the procedures following for arresting and inspecting his client. He also objected to an insinuation made by the prosecution officer that his client was subjected to a search because he was found in a taxi, bearing in mind that only wanted Kuwaitis take taxi. He insisted that the collection of his client’s urine sample violates Article 88 of the penal procedures, unless it was done under supervision of the officer in charge.

Verdict overruled: The Court of Appeals presided over by Judge Abdulrahman Al-Darmi has revoked the verdict issued by the Court of First Instance which sentenced two expatriates to four-year imprisonment with hard labor for falsifying official documents and stealing the bank card of one of their friends.

The court instead refrained from penalizing them. According to the case file, the two expatriates were accused of falsifying bank documents with the aim of withdrawing large amount of money from one of their friend’s bank account.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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