KUWAIT CITY, May 10: The Criminal Court on Tuesday sentenced an Asian to death for trading in drugs, while a ruling family member was sentenced to jail for an undisclosed period and a citizen to five years in jail and fined KD 5,000 for the possession of different types of drugs for personal consumption. Case files indicate the Public Prosecution charged the Asian with drug trafficking, whereas the other two accused failed to prove in court that they obtained permission to keep the drugs which were found in their possession.
‘Royal’ freed: The Public Prosecution on Tuesday released Sheikh Malek Al-Homoud after investigating him on the State Security case filed by the Amiri Diwan against him. Earlier, the Prosecution charged Sheikh Malek with spreading false information related to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. Sheikh Malek, who was accompanied by many lawyers, denied the accusation during the investigation.
Comp for victim: The Commercial Section of the Court of First Instance ordered a Kuwaiti man and an insurance company to pay comprehensive compensation worth KD 723,000 to the father of a Kuwaiti minor who sustained injuries during a road accident caused by the citizen.
The father was awarded the compensation because his son is a minor, due to which he is naturally responsible for taking care of the boy. Attorney Zaid Al-Khabbaz filed the lawsuit on behalf of the father and requested the need for the defendants – the Kuwaiti citizen and the insurance company – to provide sufficient funds for a medical vehicle and life salaries from the date of the accident as well as compensations worth KD 1 million for physical and emotional damages the minor sustained.
He accused the Kuwaiti defendant of driving recklessly and hitting the vehicle which was conveying the plaintiff and his son after which the boy became unconscious and was admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a hospital.
2,437 dead: A total of 2,437 people died in traffic accidents in five years, ending 26th April 2016, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) has announced. In a statistical report, obtained by KUNA, the MoI stated Tuesday that the number of road deaths have dropped from 493 in 2011 and 461 in 2014 to 429 in 2015. The data also showed that the number of traffic fatalities reached 454 in 2012 compared with 445 in 2013.
Some 155 people died in road accidents in the first four months of the year, exactly till April 26th, 2016, noted the report. It stated that the highest number of fatalities recorded this year in Al-Ahmadi Governorate, 53 cases; followed by Jahra 52 cases; Hawally 20 cases; Farwaniyah 13 cases; the Capital 12 cases and Mubarak Al-Kaber only five cases.
In 2015, Al-Ahmadi Governorate also topped the list with 167 deaths, followed by Jahra with 122 cases; Al-Farwaniyah with 54 cases; Hawally 31 cases; Mubarak Al-Kabir with 28 cases; and the Capital 27. About the age group of the victims, the report revealed that that youth, aged between 21-30 years, recorded the highest percentage of deaths in 2015 nearly 119 cases out of 429. Moreover, 90 victims belong to the age group of 31-40 years, 73 to the 41-50 age group; 40 to the 51-60 years age group; 25 cases to the plus-61 age group. 19 cases aged between 11-10 and 60 cases for 11-20 age group in addition to 3 unknown cases, clarified the report. Data also showed that 80,827 accidents were registered in 2015.
The cause of 95 percent of these accidents was lack of due attention while driving, stated the report. Surprisingly, exceeding speed limits was blamed for a small fraction of the deaths in 2015, only 0.46 percent. The report added that 6,338,066 traffic violations were registered in 2015, including 3,523,241 overspeed violations; 1.1 million parking violations; 533, 931 driving licenses-related violations; 363,584 red light jumping and 205,872 safety measures violations.
By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies