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Court acquits citizen of using drugs after appeal

KUWAIT CITY, June 17: The Court of Appeals presided over by Judge Nasser Al-Haid nullified the verdict issued by the Court of First Instance, which sentenced a Kuwaiti citizen to two-year imprisonment with hard labor over alleged consumption of narcotics. The court instead acquitted the defendant. According to the case file, the prosecution officer was at a security checkpoint with colleagues when the suspect arrived in his car. He was unable to produce his civil ID card when the officers requested for his identification document, so they ordered him into the police car.

During the process, they discovered a sachet with white-colored substance suspected to be a drug on the front passenger seat of the suspect’s vehicle. During the court session, the defense counsel Attorney Ayed Al-Rashidi countered the claim of the prosecution officer, stressing that the procedures leading to arrest and detention of his client were wrong and that the officers acted in violation of the Kuwaiti Constitution.

Eviction ordered: The Court of Appeals, chaired by Judge Dherar Al- Waqyan, upheld the verdict of the Court of First Instance which ordered eviction of a former investigator at the Ministry of Interior from a building owned by his estranged wife. In the lawsuit fi led by the plaintiff’s lawyer, Attorney Ali Matar Al-Wawan, he said the woman inherited the building from her late father. He stated that his client was shocked when her estranged husband took over the building, while he took advantage of the opportunity given to him to occupy an apartment therein to deceive other tenants by claiming to be the landlord. He added the man forced tenants to sign new contracts under his name as the landlord with a different receipt after demise of her father.

Verdict upheld: The Court of Appeals presided over by Judge Nasser Salem Al He’d upheld the verdict issued by the Criminal Court which acquitted a Twitter user “Wahmi Kuwaiti” in a State Security case filed against him for allegedly harming the national interests, calling for the removal of the country’s ruling system and committing hostile actions against friendly countries – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The court overturned a verdict of three-year imprisonment with hard labor issued against the Twitter user over crimes related to using words deemed offensive to the Amiri entity, insulting Shiite citizens and misusing mobile phone. All the charges were leveled against the Twitter user by the Public Prosecution.

Lawyer acquitted: The Court of Appeals presided over by Najeeb Al- Mullah upheld the decision of the First Instance Court and acquitted lawyer Khaled Al-Shatti of questioning the authority of HH the Amir and criticizing operation resolve storm to dampen morale of the forces. He was standing trial for offending Saudi Arabia with the purpose of straining cordial relationship between two brotherly nations.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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