KUWAIT CITY, Feb 15: The Court of Appeals presided over by Judge Nasser Al-Heed revoked the verdict issued by the Court of First Instance which sentenced a Kuwaiti citizen to three-year imprisonment with hard labor for possessing an unlicensed weapon and using it at a wedding ceremony in a residential area. The court instead acquitted the citizen of all charges. During the court session, Attorney Talal Al-Enezi stressed that the in-charge officer did not submit any technical evidences against his client, adding that the testimonies of the witnesses were contradicting.
Ex-minister acquitted: The Misdemeanor Court of Appeals presided over by Judge Hamad Al-Mulla revoked the verdict issued by a lower court, which had sentenced former minister of Electricity and Water and 14 other former and current officials of the ministry to two-year imprisonment with hard labor and a fine of KD 20,000. It instead acquitted them as well as former undersecretary of the State Audit Bureau Abdulaziz Al-Roumi but ordered them to pay a fine of KD 1,000 each. Based on a report filed by one of the State Audit Bureau employees Ihsan Abdullah, the Public Prosecution accused the suspects of causing a huge loss from the public funds because of the mistakes they committed by signing a contract with a company for importing gas turbines worth approximately KD 64.76 million for the West Doha Station as part of the ministry’s 2007 emergency plan even though the company did not submit the necessary documents regarding its financial position.
The suspects did not comply with the conditions of Ministry of Finance, particularly the condition for cancellation of maximum percentage of fine. Even though the generators were not operated by the summer of 2007, as specified in the contract, and the project was eventually completed in 2010, the officials failed to take necessary legal procedures against the company for not abiding by the contract in terms of the schedule, due to which the ministry lost huge amount of the public funds.