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Court acquits Arab mason of carrying drugs for trade

KUWAIT CITY, July 3: The Court of Appeals, presided over by Judge Anwar Al-Enezi, upheld the verdict of the First Instance Court which acquitted an Arab mason of possessing a large number of Tramadol pills for trading and personal consumption. Details of the case indicate that a detective from the Drug Control General Department (DCGD) conducted investigations which led him to the mason who he suspected of possessing drugs for trading and personal consumption. The detective later obtained a warrant from the prosecution, leading to the arrest of the suspect.

The detective said the suspect put a medical bandage in the right pocket of his ‘dishdasha’ (national dress) containing red tablets. When he was interrogated, the suspect said the tablets were for personal use. A report from the Criminal Investigation Department disclosed the tablets found in the possession of the suspect were Tramadol pills which affect the brain, whereas the urine test of the suspect came out negative. Lawyer for the accused, Attorney Abdulaziz Al Rukhaimi, pushed for nullification of the warrant of arrest on grounds that the investigations were inconclusive and he requested for acquittal of his client due to the absence of incriminating evidence.

Dad wins custody: Personal Status Section at the Court of Appeals overturned the decision of First Instance Court and transferred the custody of children to their father after granting the mother the right of their education earlier. Representing the plaintiff, Attorney Rawan Al-Rube’an appealed the previous verdict and insisted the father should be granted the right of educating his children. She reiterated the father has inalienable and unrestricted right in that regard unless the man abuses such a right. She supported the claim with relevant proofs and documents.

Penalty withheld: The Court of Appeals has refrained from imposing punishment on Twitter user identified as ‘Buasem’ in a State security case filed against him for offending the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The higher court obliged him to write a pledge of good conduct and to post bail of KD1,000. Case files indicate the Public Prosecution charged the accused with offensively attacking Saudi Arabia in public through his Twitter account where he posted several statements without authorization from the government.

Investigations revealed the statements exposed Kuwait to danger of severing political ties with other nations. The Criminal Court had earlier acquitted Buasem of offending Saudi Arabia. On the other hand, the Court of Appeals upheld the verdict of the Court of First Instance which sentenced Twitter user identified as ‘Carlos’ to five years in jail with hard labor and immediate execution of the sentence in a case filed against him for offending the entity of HH the Amir and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The prosecution had previously charged the accused with offending the entity of HH the Amir, causing damage to the State’s sovereignty and defaming the late Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud on his Twitter account.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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