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Thursday , September 19 2019

Colonel, expats jailed for theft, money-wash

Man not guilty of ‘killing’ his kids with pesticide

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 7: The Court of Appeals ordered the arrest of a colonel in the Ministry of Interior and some expatriates for stealing from the Police Cooperative Society and laundering money.

The court also decided to adjourn the session until March 1.

Earlier, the Criminal Court sentenced the colonel to 15 years in jail while seven Egyptians and Yemenis were sentenced to seven to 10 years. The court also instructed all of them to pay KD 1,068,000.

This came after the ministry referred the accused to the Public Prosecution after the Criminal Investigation Department discovered a remarkable increase in the balance of the colonel’s bank account. During investigation, he confessed that he instructed seven officers to deposit money from the cooperative to his personal account as award for his efforts in his work.

The other accused denied the charges, saying they do not know why the colonel ordered them to deposit the money to his account, asserting they just followed his instructions.

Penalty withheld: The Court of Appeals presided over by Judge Nasser Salem has upheld the verdict of the lower court which refrained from pronouncing penalty against a Kuwaiti citizen who was accused of killing his children using pesticide while they were sleeping in their room.

The Public Prosecution had charged the suspect with killing his two children deliberately by spraying pesticide in their room while they were sleeping, which led to their death.

His wife testified that she saw her husband spraying the pesticide in the children’s room.

However, the suspect denied the allegations, claiming that he saw insects in his children’s room and dealt with that situation as he normally would, which is by spraying pesticide, without realizing that it would lead to the death of his two children.

Sentence quashed: The Court of Appeals acquitted a Kuwaiti citizen who was accused of issuing 10 dud cheques worth KD 52,000, overturning the verdict issued by a lower court which sentenced the citizen to five-year imprisonment.

Lawyers Mohammad Al-Sayegh and Hamad Al-Abdullah urged the court to acquit their client after proving that his cheque book was stolen.

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