KUWAIT CITY, May 4: The Criminal Court acquitted a Kuwaiti citizen who was accused of possessing banned brain stimulants “crystal meth” with the intention of consuming them. According to the case files, when the Operations Room of Ministry of Interior received information that a car crashed into the pole of a covered parking shed in Mubarak Al-Kabeer area, securitymen rushed to the location and found the car in the same location where it had crashed but the driver was nowhere to be found. When firefighters from Kuwait Fire Service Directorate (KFSD) attempted to move the car, one of the officers saw a mobile phone on the floor of the car, a suspicious cigarette box and a small nylon bag which contained a substance that was identified to be “crystal meth”. A case was filed and referred to the concerned authority after which the owner of the car — a Kuwaiti citizen — was arrested. During the court session, the defense counsel Lawyer Zaid Al-Khabbaz insisted that his client was illegally arrested and searched, especially since he was neither under suspicion nor was he arrested while committing a crime.
Meanwhile, the Second Circuit of the Misdemeanor Court refrained from pronouncing penalty against three citizens and acquitted another in a lawsuit filed against them for smuggling bustard birds from Iraq. The Public Prosecution had charged the suspects of trading in endangered wild species, which is banned as per article 101-105 of law No. 42/2014, amended by law No. 99/2015, concerning protection of environment, without obtaining permission from the relevant authorities. The defense counsel to the second and third suspects Lawyer Mohammad Al-Hussaini insisted that the accusations against his clients are malicious, insisting that the arrest-and-search procedures conducted on his clients are illegal and that the suspects were not caught red-handed. In the meantime, the Criminal Court presided by consultant Ahmad Yaseen has set May 31, 2017, to issue a verdict in the case of former MP and Professor of Faculty of Law Dr Obaid Al-Wasmi, reports Al-Anba daily. Dr Wasmi was accused of posting false information about the Ministry of Interior on his website Twitter.
By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies