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Bid to coerce woman to work in company fails – Judge renews terror suspect’s detention

KUWAIT CITY, July 11: The Court of Appeals revoked the verdict of the Criminal Court that sentenced a Saudi citizen to three years imprisonment with hard labor for stealing jewelries and a mobile phone belonging to a Lebanese expatriate.

The court refrained from pronouncing punishment against the suspect for breaking into the flat of a Lebanese woman in Hawally area and allegedly stealing gold jewelries to coerce her to continue working as the public relations manager of his marketing company.

Defense lawyer Muhammad Al-Selaili pointed to lack of conclusive evidence against his client, adding the latter used to visit the plaintiff’s flat with his mother. He added the plaintiff was intending to breach contract signed with the defendant’s company by seeking transfer to another company.

Al-Selaili explained that the plaintiff refused to hand over an important file belonging to the defendant’s company, so he went there to claim it. He broke the door open and searched the flat to collect the file after she declined to open the door. However, there is no evidence that his client stole gold and mobile phone from the flat.

Detention renewed: The detention renewal judge ordered the continuous detention of citizen Talal Raja for 10 days pending investigations. The suspect was present in court under tight security and he denied all accusations against him. The Public Prosecution charged the suspect for allegedly planning to bomb Imam Zain Al-Abedin Mosque in Salmiya area with an explosive belt through his membership with the terrorist group DAESH.

Citizen gets jail: The Misdemeanor Court presided over by Judge Ahmad Al-Otaibi sentenced a Kuwaiti citizen to one-year imprisonment with hard labor over a case filed against him for betrayal of trust. It referred the civil aspect of the case to the relevant court.

The plaintiff counsel Lawyer Abdulmohsen Al-Qattan explained that the defendant deceived his sisterin- law after convincing her to invest her money in a fake company that he pretended to own in the United Arab Emirates.

She initially gave him KD 10,600 which she borrowed from Tashelat Company and later gave him another KD 8,000 which she borrowed from Kuwait Finance House. The defendant used to travel to UAE so often that the victim was convinced that he really owned the business and trusted him especially since he has been married to her sister for 19 years. During the court session, Lawyer Al-Qattan presented documents of the debts his client owe to the Tasheilat Company and the Kuwait Finance House, demanding compensation worth KD 5,001.

By Jaber Al-Humoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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