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Court acquits Justice employee of ‘forging’ an official document

KUWAIT CITY, March 25: The Criminal Court presided over by Judge Waleed Al-Kandari acquitted an employee of the Department of Judgment Execution in the Ministry of Justice of forging an official document to impair the value of a female citizen’s money.

The plaintiff (Kuwaiti woman) who testified in court said she owns a company and that she fi led a case with the sentence execution department in Riggae court against another company owing her company a sum of KD 4,988, but she was surprised to find out on her visit to the country that the case file had been closed without first collecting the debt.

The plaintiff also discovered on the event’s registry of the judgment execution department that the debt had been writtenoff by the representative of her company based on which she allegedly admitted receiving part of the debt and relinquished the remaining balance, noting she had no capacity to represent the company in that regard and that the debt was not hers but the company’s. Meanwhile, the employee (defendant) testified contrary to the claims of the plaintiff, affirming that the plaintiff is the advocate of the company which led to the loss of the debt and damages.

In his defense, attorney AbdulMohsin Al- Qattan pleaded in court that the error committed by his client does not deserve to be measured with losses incurred by the plaintiff, as stipulated in Article 1/24 of Law No. 1/1993. He argued that the deserved debt has not gone through drastic changes in terms of economic conditions and livelihood of the individual, thus the execution process should be redone by opening a new execution fi le with the help of an expert.

7-yrs jail suspended: The Court of Cassation has suspended the verdict of seven years imprisonment for Shaker Othman and Ziad Sanousi who were also fined KD 5 million each and refrained from issuing a verdict on former minister Mohammed Sanousi who are charged with seizing public money through financial differences in the so-called Showbiz case, reports Al-Qabas daily. However, the court headed by Justice Faisal Khuraibet has set May 18, 2016 to issue a fi nal verdict in the case.

Verdict overturned: The Court of Appeals overturned a lower court’s verdict of five years jail term with hard labor slapped on a citizen on allegations of disguising as a detective police to rob foreigners. The court presided over by Judge Ali Al-Daree instead acquitted the suspect of all charges. One of the victims testified in court that he was walking along a public road when the accused, claiming to be a detective officer, stopped and assaulted him without causing him any injury.

However, the suspect managed to take some money from him before fleeing the scene. Defense Attorney Enaam Haydar said the case lacked criminal substance and substantial evidence to indict his client, adding the plaintiff had delayed in fi ling a case after the incident. He went on to plead with the court to refrain from issuing a verdict on the basis of compassion.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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