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KUWAIT CITY, Aug 3: The Court of Appeals upheld the verdict issued by the Court of First Instance which acquitted a Kuwaiti citizen who was accused of drug possession and peddling.
The Court of Appeals also cancelled the verdict that sentenced the citizen to three-year imprisonment with hard labor, and instead refrained from pronouncing penalty against him and obligated him to pay bail bond worth KD 200.
According to secret investigations held by the Drug Control General Department, information was received that the citizen’s friend was in possession of drugs. When officers raided the friend’s house, they found a black bag which contained the drugs. When they questioned him, he admitted that he received the drugs from his friend who is the defendant. He then led officers to the suspect’s house from where officers confiscated more drugs, tools suspected to be drug paraphernalia and some cash. They arrested the citizen, who admitted that the drugs and other confiscated items belong to him.
However, during the court session, the defense counsel Lawyer Enaam Haider indicated that the warrant issued by the Public Prosecution was illegal due to which the investigations carried out by the officers are considered illegal.
She said the case documents do not contain sufficient evidences to prove the charges against her client, stressing that he was not arrested while he was selling drugs.
Lawyer Haider indicated that the tools discovered from her client’s house are not drug paraphernalia used by drug traders such as sensitive weighing scale or drug measuring tools.
She stressed that they admitted the confiscated drugs were for their own use and not for selling to others.
Hearing adjourned: The Misdemea-nor Court has set Aug 10 for continued hearing in the national security case against Lawyer Hani Hussein who is standing trial for allegedly spreading false news on social media. The court also rejected the bail application of the defendant.
In the last court session, the defendant was present in court and denied allegations against him. He declared he had submitted the same complaint to the Prosecutor General who purportedly rejected it on the pretext that it’s a criminal offense and should be investigated.
He presented a copy of the petition to the court, reiterating the Bangladeshi doctor falsified Kuwaiti nationality in reality and wasn’t questioned about it by the Public Prosecution Department.
Defamation suit: The Misdemeanor Court acquitted a citizen of alleged libel against a government employee through a complaint submitted by the former to the Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs.
The case file indicated the public employee filed a lawsuit for redress against the complainant, saying the latter alleged he vandalized his property, intimidated and attacked him and the action led to a fire that consumed his property.
In his defense, Lawyer Nawaf Al-Muhannadi countered allegation of the plaintiff. He declared the claim was baseless and the case of libel should be proven beyond doubt since it attracts punishment upon establishment, but it could not be proven by action or image. He explained the complaint submitted by his client was not in a public domain, and could not be labeled a criminal act.
‘Royal’ summoned: Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad appeared before the Public Prosecution after being summoned for questioning on the case filed against him for financial irregularities in the Gulf 16 Championships held in Kuwait, reports Al-Qabas daily.
According to an informed source, the prosecution will continue to summon all who are believed to be involved. The charges will then be determined based on what is contained in the papers, ensuring whether the charges apply to specific names.
By Jaber Al-Hamoud