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Sunday , November 29 2020

Court acquits 2 in verbal assault, defamation suit

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 8: The Misdemeanor Court of Appeals acquitted two Kuwaitis of defamation and verbally assaulting a compatriot on WhatsApp group. The Public Prosecution Department charged the first suspect for deliberately forming a WhatsApp group through which he abused and attacked the plaintiff publicly. He was accused of posting a video clip containing defamatory statements and slander. He purportedly accused the plaintiff of setting up bogus companies to swindle other people, and warned against dealing with him. He alleged the second suspect was an accomplice, as he was encouraged the first suspect to release the video clip. However, the first suspect denied all allegations. The second suspect accused the plaintiff of collecting KD8000 to facilitate the issuance of a company license and explained they verified status of the license with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and discovered the plaintiff did not register the company, although he receive refund of KD8000 by installment. Lawyer Fareeh Al-Kouh defending the first suspect insisted his client was innocent and denied the allegation from the beginning of the lawsuit. He indicated investigation conducted by the detective in charge of the case could not link the first and second suspects to any criminal act. He reiterated the allegations were based on a mere inferential evidence rather than concrete proof.

Rifaei fined: The First Instance Court chaired by Judge Muhammad Saad Al-Abhoul fined Fouad Al-Rifaei KD 5,000 for misusing mobile phone by taking photos of a lady without her consent and sharing the photos on social media. The Public Prosecution charged the accused for abusing the plaintiff and sharing the photos on social media without her consent. Professor Jassem Al-Yaqoub representing the plaintiff proved the allegations and beseeched the court to issue the utmost punishment against the defendant for the offense according to Article 172/1 and Article 84/1 of the penal law.

Verdict upheld: The Court of Appeals upheld the verdict of the Criminal Court which acquitted three persons of forging medical reports to apply for sick leaves, thereby, siphoning off public money. The Public Prosecution charged the trio with forging official documents (medical reports) which contained the medical board recommendations from a public hospital, in addition to forging hospital stamps and signatures. Defense lawyer, Attorney Fayez Shadeed Al-Mutairi demanded for acquittal of his clients due to lack of incriminating evidence and the inconclusive investigations.

Maid steals KD 2,000: A Kuwaiti citizen said his Asian housemaid made away with KD 2,000 she stole from his bedroom in South Surra area, says Al- Seyassah. A security source said the citizen filed a case in the area police station accusing the housemaid of running away with the stolen sum. A case was registered. Meanwhile, a Kuwaiti citizen said an unknown person stole his vehicle which was parked in front of his house in Sabahiya area. A case was registered to arrest the suspects. Details of the vehicle have since been circulated to security checkpoints.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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