KUWAIT CITY, Sept 29: The Appeals Court upheld the verdict of a lower court that acquitted a citizen of consuming drugs and driving under the influence of drugs. Case files indicate the citizen admitted he was taking drugs when an officer approached him since he was standing in a suspicious manner in front of a fastfood in Farwaniya for hours and he was laughing hysterically which called the attention of the people at the restaurant. The defendant was charged with possessing heroin and other narcotic substances and driving under the influence of drugs, while traces of morphine were found in his urine sample. The defendant’s lawyer, Attorney Fareeh Al-Kooh, denied all the charges and he pointed out in court the contradictions in the arresting officer’s statements, in addition to the illegal inspection of his client’s vehicle considering the officer did not obtain a warrant from the Public Prosecution.
Man reinstated: The Court of Appeals presided over by Judge Ashraf Hejazi upheld the verdict issued by the Court of First Instance which cancelled the decision of Ministry of Interior to refer a Kuwaiti employee for retirement. The case was filed by Lawyer Ali Al-Ali on behalf of his client who is a Kuwaiti citizen working in the General Traffic Department of Ministry of Interior. The plaintiff was surprised by the decision of the ministry to refer him for retirement and he complained against it, as it lacked justifications. Lawyer Al-Ali criticized the decision, insisting that it was in violation of the law and was issued without prior warning, especially since it was issued by a legal team that did not have the authority to issue such decisions. He affirmed that his client did not complete 30 years in service when the decision was issued, due to which it is illegal, requesting the court to cancel the decision.
Duo released: The Criminal Court ordered the release of a Kuwaiti lawyer and an Egyptian involved in a money laundering case valued at KD 60,000 on bail of KD 1,000. Case files indicate the two defendants deliberately hid the source of KD 60,000 which they received by forging banknotes. They were also accused of forging banknotes with the intention of using these notes, in addition to taking advantage of the profession of the lawyer to carry out the illegal act.
Hearing Oct 26: The Criminal Court adjourned until Oct 26 the hearing on a State security case filed against Dr Mohammad Al-Hajari who works in the Faculty of Sharia and has been accused of demeaning the Shiite doctrine in one of his lectures. Earlier, the Public Prosecution ordered the release Al-Hajari on bail of KD 5,000. However, he denied the accusation that he mocked an Islamic doctrine while delivering a lecture, as per the report of some students who attended the lecture to the concerned official.