KUWAIT CITY, Feb 9: Petition Review Panel at the Constitutional Court dismissed seven petitions against some laws, accepted petitions on allowance, and referred the same to the Constitutional Court for hearing on March 8. The petition accepted is about the payment of social and children allowances to professionals, artisans and private sector employees as per law that stipulates the payment of allowance to each child until they reach 7 years old, excluding those beyond eight years and above.
The panel also dismissed a petition submitted by a parliamentary election candidate Bader Al-Dahoum who was disqualified from running in elections on the allegation of misconduct. Meanwhile, the Constitutional Court has set March 8 for a case filed to challenge the constitutionality of DNA testing, which was approved by the National Assembly.
The petitioners based their argument on contradiction to provisions of Articles 2, 9, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 50 and 79 of the constitution, indicating the law completely prohibits the collection of gene or fingerprint samples except for well stated and specific conditions. The petitioner criticized the government for using a general statement like public interest and identifying unknown corpses as a reason for enacting the law, which he described as surprising. The panel rejected the case concerning documentation of marriage contract at the Ministry of Justice, as it does not contradict the constitution.
This is in addition to a petition against Article 1 of arms collection law that enables the government to carry out search on people. It also declined to entertain a petition submitted by Saleh Al-Falah against the Capital Market Authority regarding his dismissal from the board before completing his term. The Constitutional Court dismissed the lawsuit a woman filed against Fahad Al-Duweila and the Undersecretary of Ministry of Justice, imploring the court to confirm her marriage to the defendant contrary to a previous case filed by Al-Duweila in that regard. She said a marriage agreement happened between the two of them on Feb 2, 2016 — although undocumented — and she wanted to make it official.
Doctor abuses, fined: The Minor Appeals Circuit at the Court of First Instance fined a doctor at Kuwait University KD 100 and ordered her to pay temporary compensation of KD 4,000 to a colleague she verbally abused. Representing the plaintiff, Lawyer Haya Al-Dosari sued the doctor for verbally abusing her client following a complaint the latter filed with the Ministry of Education and higher education officials. Earlier, the defendant denied all accusations against her during questioning, and the Public Prosecution decided to shelve the case due to lack of evidence but Lawyer Al-Dosari appealed the court’s decision and the defendant was ordered to pay civil compensation of KD 5,001 to the plaintiff for emotional damage resulting from the case, especially as she occupies a notable position in Kuwait University.
By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff