KUWAIT CITY, Feb 4: The Criminal Court presided over by Judge Mutaib Al-Ardhi acquitted a Kuwaiti citizen who was accused of possessing 45.3 kilograms of hashish with the intention of consuming and selling them. According to the case file, the hashish was found hidden inside a water tanker in Amghara Scrapyard by securitymen after they received information about it. The arresting officer said in his testimony that investigation revealed the hashish belonged to the owner of the tanker. Defense counsel Lawyer Talal Al-Enezi faulted the procedures followed in arresting his client due to lack of an arrest warrant from the Public Prosecution. He also stressed that the witness accounts contradicted and the prosecution failed to present substantial evidences to indicate his client committed the charges leveled against him.
Editor fined: Court of Appeals upheld the verdict issued by a lower court which ordered the Editor-in-Chief of Al-Shahed newspaper to pay a fine of KD 3,000 in a lawsuit filed against it by the Public Prosecution on behalf of Lawyer Hussein Al-Abdallah for publishing an article about the existence of a gang (cell) on Twitter website which is operating in favor of embassies in the country with the objective of harming the country’s security. The daily had published in its front and inside pages about the existence of a gang on the social media website ‘Twitter’, which is linked to foreign embassies in Kuwait, and that the main objective of this gang is to ruin the security of the country for which it would receive financial reward — the fifth column.
Blogger acquitted: The criminal Court acquitted a Twitter user Mohammad Al-Ajmi (Abu Asim) who was accused of offending the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through his posts on Twitter. The Public Prosecution charged Al-Ajmi with showing hostility towards a foreign and friendly country (Saudi Arabia) through his posts on Twitter which were deemed offensive and hostile to Saudi Arabia and could jeopardize the bilateral relation between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
Jail for top official: The criminal Court presided over by Judge Mohammad Jafar sentenced the head of a department in Ministry of Health to five-year imprisonment and dismissal from his position, as he has been accused of embezzling public funds. The court also ordered him to return a sum of KD 18,000 as well as pay a fine of KD 36,000. The Public Prosecution accused the head of one of the departments of Ministry of Health of embezzling certain amount of money belonging to the state.
By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff