KUWAIT CITY, March 14: The Misdemeanor Court chaired by Judge Yusuf Al-Athari acquitted a captain in the Interior Ministry of abuse of power and public assault, and ordered a lieutenant to be remanded for one week, with KD 100 fine for the suspension of penalty. The Public Prosecution charged the first captain for using force to drag the lieutenant into a patrol car during which the Lieutenant sustained injuries. He was also indicted for using abusive language in the course of investigation, while the lieutenant was accused of degrading the first suspect while he was performing his duty.
Lawyer Nasser Al-Bashir representing the captain explained that his client works for the Ministry of Interior and he requested the lieutenant to stop at a checkpoint for inspection of necessary documents. It was then he discovered that the lieutenant did not carry any personal or vehicle identification document. The latter thereafter started making fun of the officer by sarcastically asking if it was alright to check his bank card.
This compelled the Captain to force him into the patrol car and later referred him to a police station. Lawyer Bashir noted the captain only realized at the police station that the suspect is a lieutenant of the Ministry of Defense, so he was released without signing an undertaking of good conduct. Also, the captain declined to issue traffic violation or register a case against the lieutenant.
However, the lieutenant paid back the good intentions and camaraderie displayed by his superior with evil by lodging a complaint against the captain. In the end, the court ordered the lieutenant to be remanded for one week, with KD 100 fine for the suspension of penalty and acquitted the captain of all charges.
Credit theft gang held
The Ministry of Interior said on Monday its agencies have targeted a 14-people organized network involved in local and international money- laundering crimes. The money-laundering network stole the numbers of Visa, Master-Cards and other credit cards, the ministry’s security information department said in a press statement. The group created fake credit cards to use in the depositing of ill-gotten funds by means of using imported special equipment to print cards bearing the names of dead people, or bearing fake and real names, it elaborated. The gang then liquidated funds through payment via several companies with different activities at home following prior agreement over a certain interest rate, thus taking delivery of cash money and transferring it via local
Case adjourned: The Criminal Court presided over by Judge Mohammad Jafar adjourned to March 28 the ‘Fintas Group’ case for summoning the witnesses who will present the evidences including the report of ‘Whatsapp’. Earlier, the Public Prosecution accused four suspects of offending the entity of His Highness the Amir and His Highness the Crown Prince as well as the judicial authority. They were accused of misusing their mobile phones. Nine other suspects were also accused of insulting the judicial authority and misusing their mobile phones. The ‘Fintas Group’ comprises of a number of Sheikhs and media practitioners who were released on bail by the Public Prosecution including Sheikh Azbi Al-Fahad, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Sabah, Sheikh Fawaz Al-Sabah, Sheikh Khalifa Ali Al-Khalifa, Yousef Shamlan Al-Essa, Abdulmohsen Al-Ateeqi, Jarrah Al-Zufairi, Mohammad Al-Jassem, Saud Al-Asfour, Meshari Bouyabis, Ahmad Sayer, Falah Al-Hajraf and Hamad Al-Haroun.
Detention continues: Detention Renewal Judge ordered the continuous detention of Abdulaziz Al-Shamlan for 10 days. The suspect is accused of stabbing and running over some policemen with his car during the National Days celebrations, which resulted in the death of one officer. The suspect admitted the crime and confessed killing the officer identified as Terki Al-Enezi deliberately, and said he intended to kill the victim’s companions as well. He also confirmed affiliation to Al-Qaeda terrorist organization. It is worthy of note that the Public Prosecution has charged the suspect for premeditated murder and joining a banned organization.
Journo acquitted: The Criminal Court acquitted newspaper columnist Ahmad Al-Sarraf in a case filed by the Embassy of Iran in Kuwait concerning an article deemed offensive to the Islamic Republic of Iran. Case files indicate the court previously issued a warrant to arrest Al-Sarraf who was out of the country at the time. Upon his return, he appeared before the court which acquitted him. Meanwhile, the Misdemeanor Court imposed a two-week jail term with hard labor on four citizens for offending the judiciary during an unlicensed gathering when they uttered offensive words targeting members of the judiciary. The four citizens were charged with gathering in a public place without obtaining permission from the concerned authorities with the intention of disrupting public peace and order, in addition to defying police orders to disperse.
By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff