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Wednesday , August 5 2020

Court acquits prisoner in famous Central Jail drug trafficking case

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 30: The Court of Cassation overturned the verdict issued by the Criminal Court which sentenced an inmate in the Central Prison to life imprisonment in the most famous drug case that occurred in the Central Prison. The court instead ruled his innocence in trafficking of heroin.

According to the case file, the Public Prosecution accused the inmate of smuggling narcotic drugs (heroin) into the Central Jail through donation of a charity organization. He then hid the drugs in the cells and bathrooms. The defendant counsel Lawyer Jarrah Al-Shureika narrated the entire case story, which started with confiscation of one kilogram of heroin from an expatriate’s residence. When his phone was searched, a voice message from his client was found, which gave direction and location of where the drugs were stashed.

He said, “The expatriate confessed, and my client’s prison was searched where a huge quantity of narcotics were found together with a significant number of mobile phones hidden inside the walls of the prison bathrooms. Accordingly, the Criminal Court sentenced the defendants to life imprisonment, a ruling that was upheld by the Court of Appeals”. Lawyer Al-Shureika argued on behalf of his client for the sentence to be dismissed due to the fact that he was serving a similar sentence which was dismissed, let alone the fact that, the evidence – the audio message – was not conclusive due to lack of clarity in some parts.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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