KUWAIT CITY, June 1: The Court of Appeals, presided over by Judge Salah Al-Houti, upheld the verdict issued by a lower court which acquitted a Kuwaiti woman working in the Ministry of Interior, and sentenced a Bangladeshi expatriate known as “Saddam Hussein” to three-year imprisonment with hard labor on bribery charges, says Al-Seyassah. The Public Prosecution accused the first defendant, who is an employee of Ahmadi Traffic Department, of demanding and accepting “gifts” ranging from KD 5 to KD 10 from people for completing the renewal of vehicle road licenses. This second defendant was accused of facilitating this process and mediating in the crime of bribery and demand for gifts under the claim that he works for the Ministry of Interior.
Investigations revealed that the Bangladeshi suspect received more than KD 30,000 prior to his arrest and had transferred about KD 15,000 of this amount to his country. Representing the first defendant was Lawyer Fadhel Al-Basman who said the allegations leveled against his client were malicious and lacked substantial evidence. He stressed that the video clips presented by the prosecution were inconclusive due to lack of audio or even the image of his client.