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Friday , February 26 2021

Court acquits Iraqi and an Egyptian of smuggling bags of drugs

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 4: The Criminal Court acquitted two inmates of Central Prison — an Iraqi and an Egyptian — who were accused of smuggling ten bags containing 40 pieces of hashish into the country via the Arabian Gulf waters. According to the testimony of the arresting officer, he received a call from an unknown person who requested him to pick-up the contraband which was hidden at a certain location in the seabed of the Arabian Gulf waters. Based on the request, the officer went to an island — Ouha Island along with some other officers. After receiving the exact location of the contraband and retrieving it, he was asked to go to Shaab area to meet someone to whom he has to handover the contraband and receive undisclosed amount of cash. During the transaction, other officers appeared and arrested the “unknown caller”, who later revealed that the contraband were for two inmates of the Central Prison. Representing one of the inmates was Lawyer Eman Haidar, who insisted that the whole scenario is difficult to even imagine let alone believe that it had happened, stressing that the prosecution did not present any substantial evidences to link her client with the contraband.

Prosecutor reinstated: The Administrative Court has ordered reinstatement of a Public Prosecutor, nullifying the Ministry of Interior’s decision to refer the official for compulsory retirement. According to Attorney Mesfir Al-Ajmi — the plaintiff’s lawyer, his client was appointed at the General Investigations Department in 1995 and rose through ranks to become a Public Prosecutor. His job performance rating has always been ‘excellent’ throughout his years of service because of his exemplary work, dedication and meticulous attitude. Therefore, he was surprised by the decision to refer him for retirement in February 2016. He said the ministry was wrong as it acted contrary to the law. The lawyer pointed out that the officer was forced to retire before attaining the legal retirement age, an act best described as failure to spot the difference between damages and benefits. He noted this happened at a time the same ministry extended the retirement age for Kuwaiti and Bedoun military officers to 65 years old to benefit from their experience and ensure they are socially stable.

Businessman cheated: The Civil Court has ordered a businessman to pay KD 429,000 to another businessman. The lawsuit was filed by Lawyer Hamoud Al-Radhan on behalf of his client. He said the two businessmen had agreed to establish a common portfolio for land trade but the defendant forged a mandatory document regarding the account statement issued by the two parties. Lawyer Al-Radhan indicated that the experts report contains detailed response to the defendant’s claims of his right to receive commission for selling the real-estate, stressing that both parties are included in the same portfolio as partners.

Friend betrayed: The Court of First Instance has ordered a Kuwaiti citizen to pay KD 106,000 to his friend based on a promissory note signed by him. The plaintiff counsel Lawyer Hassan Al-Ajmi said the defendant refused to pay when his client approached him in friendly manner and requested for the money. Following several refusals by the defendant, his client decided to take necessary legal procedures, starting with a payment order, but the defendant still refused to pay due to which he filed a case against the defendant

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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