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Court acquits car wash Bangladeshi of stealing Kuwaiti’s vehicle

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 13: The Misdemeanor Court acquitted a Bangladeshi car wash worker of stealing a citizen’s vehicle. Instead, the court imposed one year imprisonment with hard labor on the manager of the car wash. The Public Prosecution had earlier charged the duo with stealing the vehicle of a citizen and then selling it to another person for KD 400.

The victim affirmed in investigations that he left the vehicle with the keys at the car wash to be washed by the Bangladeshi but when he returned the next day he found out the car was missing. When asked about the missing vehicle, the Bangladeshi told the citizen he had no idea where the vehicle was. The car is reported to be valued at KD 4,500.

Investigations led to a Pakistani who was summoned for questioning, during which he affirmed that he bought the vehicle for KD 400 from an Egyptian — the car wash manager. Lawyer for the Bangladeshi, Attorney Ali Al-Ali, raised doubts on the charge pointing out the lack of incriminating evidence against his client. He also pointed out in court that his client denied the accusation and the person who bought the vehicle identified the culprit – the manager, so he asked the court to acquit his client.

‘Royal’ murder case: The Criminal Court has acquitted one of the defendants in the premeditated murder of a member of the ruling family, his friend and his housemaid inside an apartment in Salwa, reports Al-Rai daily. According to case papers four expatriates have been charged with the murder. After committing the murder, the suspects reportedly escaped with the money. The Court of Appeals has set March 12 to look into the case.

Poll petitions delayed: The Constitutional Court on Monday adjourned cross-examination into contestations of the 2016 parliamentary elections in the five constituencies till February 20th due to ongoing proceedings. The court had delayed examining the challenges until today in response to a request by attendees. It held the first hearing to examine challenges against voting in the first, second and third districts on December 25th and delayed the proceedings till today to give time for judges to re-examine tallies. It had decided to reopen the ballot boxes of the committees (one and 29) in the second constituency and those of the commissions (15 and 19) in the third. The tribunal had also examined challenges in the fourth constituency on December 26 and delayed the sessions to provide time for counsellors to examine minutes of the electoral committees in the district. The tribunal had also delayed examining the challenges in the fifth district on Dec 27 for identical reasons. The parliamentary elections were held on November 26th. Up to 50 figures were elected representing the five constituencies, at a rate of 10 per each.

Lawyers acquitted: The Misdemeanor Court upheld the First Instance Court verdict that acquitted two attorneys of law Al-Khorafi and Ibrahim Al-Kandari of insulting members of the ruling family Sheikh Dhari, Khaled and Athbi Al-Fahad respectively in an altercation that happened between the defendant and the plaintiffs at Justice Palace. The court refrained from issuing its verdict against Sheikhs Athbi, Khaled and Dhari Al-Fahad, and Suleiman Khalifa, although it obliged them to sign an undertaking to be of good conduct for two years. They were fined KD 1,000 each for the insult and assault charges leveled against them, and for preventing the two lawyers, Al-Khorafi and Al-Kandari, from performing their duties. The court also ordered payment of temporary compensation of KD 5,001 to the two lawyers, and obliged Ajeel Al-Shaheen to pay a sum of KD 5,001 in temporary civil compensation to Sheikh Athbi Al-Fahad.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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