KUWAIT CITY, Aug 6: The Court of Appeals upheld the verdict issued by a lower court which acquitted a Kuwaiti citizen who was accused of forging an academic certificate that was issued to him from Saudi Arabia. The court ruled that the certificate is genuine and was not forged. The Public Prosecution had charged the citizen of forging the certificate after the Saudi Embassy in Kuwait informed the Private Education Sector of Ministry of Higher Education about the existence of a number of fake certificates that are said to have been issued from Saudi Arabia. The embassy had attached a list with the names of students who are accused of forging the certificates. The defense team Lawyers Abdulrahman Al-Watari and Nawaf Al-Muhannadi affirmed that the accusations against their client were untrue and lacked substantial evidences as they were based on a letter issued by the embassy but no measures were taken to reach the conclusion that their client had forged the certificate, thereby prejudicing the right of their client.
More of fake degrees: The Ministry of Higher Education has prepared a set of new names of those who allegedly hold fake graduation certificates from foreign universities, reports Al- Rai daily quoting Civil Service Commission (CSC) sources. The same sources indicated the ministry is working behind closed doors in coordination with foreign universities to ensure the authenticity of the certificates which the ministry believes are a fake.
Comp ordered: The Court of Appeals upheld the verdict issued by the Court of First Instance which ordered payment of compensation worth KD 12,000 to a Kuwaiti citizen for the damages caused due to a deliberate assault by a juvenile using an air gun. Representing the victim, Lawyer Mohammad Ayed Al-Sulaily said the respondent’s son deliberately attacked his client, causing injuries to him. The incident was registered under Juvenile crimes and a ruling was issued to place the juvenile under judicial examination for a period of three months. Lawyer Al-Sulaily said, since the court arrived at a decision to punish the son of the respondent, the mistake is found with the respondent who has the civil liability as the natural guardian of the juvenile, especially since the victim suffered material and moral damages.
Kuwaiti acquitted: The Misdemeanor Circuit at the Court of Cassation acquitted a Kuwaiti hair salon owner who was earlier fined KD 300 by the Courts of Appeal and First Instance for not delivering a client’s request as indicated in an agreement between the two of them. According to the case file, the plaintiff filed a complaint against the salon owner, saying she agreed with her to do a tattoo for a specific sum but the latter did not provide the requested color. The plaintiff went back to the salon with the aim of correcting the error and concluded with the defendant to visit on a particular date for that purpose. However, she could not honor the appointment since she was bereaved. The appointment was rescheduled but she still couldn’t make it because her car broke down. The defendant affirmed she was ready to make the adjustment but the plaintiff didn’t turn up in both occasions. Lawyer Khawla Mubarak Al- Hassawi in her client’s defense affirmed that she was ready to make the adjustment but the plaintiff prevented her by not honoring the appointments. She argued that previous courts were misled to believe that her client breached the agreement, and requested the court to exonerate her of any wrongdoing with regard to the arrangements with her customer.
‘Return cash’: The Civil Circuit of the Court of First Instance ordered a Kuwaiti woman to return to her exhusband an amount of KD 15,000 which she had borrowed from him when they were married. Lawyer Abdulrahman Al-Watari explained that his client had lent the abovementioned amount to his then wife via a bank transfer in order for her to buy a car, and on moral grounds, he did not obtain a debt declaration of this amount. When she insisted on divorce and due to the lack of consideration for their union as evidenced from her filing lawsuits against his client, his client saw it fit to demand the money that she had borrowed from him. Lawyer Al-Watari also presented documents, the existence of which the respondent did not deny. The defendant claimed that the money given to her was part of the expenses a husband incurs for his wife. However, Lawyer Al-Watari rejected the allegations, stressing that, since the money was for buying car through a loan, she is yet to honor that loan.
By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff