Monday , October 22 2018

‘Child not molested’ – Court acquits duo

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 12: The Misdemeanor Court has acquitted an expatriate with his female neighbor of agonizing, beating and molesting his own child who’s mentally ill. The Public Prosecution charged the first suspect (the female neighbor) of agonizing, beating and molesting the child while taking care of him. The child’s father was accused of aiding and abetting, as he encouraged the woman to carry out the act. However, Lawyer Ali Al-Mousawi in their defense argued the allegation against his clients was a mere imagination devoid of concrete proof to substantiate it. He said there was no injury to show that the child was molested, indicating the mental derangement of the child did not help matters — especially as he imagines certain unreal situations.

Head nurse reinstated: The Administrative Circuit of the Court of Cassation issued a verdict to invalidate the administrative decision issued to end the services of the head of the Nursing Department in Kuwait Center for Mental Health because she exceeded the retirement age. The court instead ruled in favor of her reinstatement, ordering for payment of compensation and all her salaries. Her defense counsel Lawyer Jarrah Al-Enezi had filed a lawsuit against the administration of Ministry of Health, appealing its decision to terminate his client’s services. He demanded the cancellation of the decision to send the head nurse for retirement, and called for her reinstatement, citing the decision was ill-issued and that there was abuse of office by the administration.

Woman gets custody: The Family Circuit of the Court of Appeals issued a verdict to grant a Kuwaiti woman the custody of her children, and order their Saudi father to pay KD 80 per month for family expenses from the date of the case was filed until their divorce. The court also obliged the father to pay KD 250 for the children’s expenses on a monthly basis, and monthly house rent of KD 250 as well as one-time payment of KD 600 for the recruitment of a domestic helper and monthly payment of KD 80 as her salary. The defense counsel Lawyer Mohammad Al-Sulaily presented the case, explaining that his client was the wife of the respondent, and the couple had five girls together. The respondent stopped supporting his wife and the girls despite his good financial situation. This led his client to file the lawsuit. Lawyer Al-Sulaily presented evidences to prove the Saudi ex-husband had given the court an unofficial copy of part of the law that should be applied in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia but was not certified by Kuwait’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Therefore, the concerned court should not consider the inadequate and unofficial letter. The court applied the Kuwaiti law in the case in favor of the wife and her daughters.

By Jaber Al-Humoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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