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Court ‘acquits’ prisoner of taking hashish into prison

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 11: The Criminal Court presided over by Judge Waleed Al-Kandari acquitted an inmate of the Central Jail who was accused of attempting to take 251 kg of hashish into the prison. According to the prosecution, the incident occurred in January 2016 when an antinarcotics police officer was contacted by one of his informants who said an inmate wanted to buy 251 kg of hashish and had asked the informant to arrange KD 37,000 for the shipment, which was coming from the Gulf Sea. The officer told the informant to go ahead with the request so that the individual who delivers the shipment can be caught red-handed. The entire mission was coordinated through a phone used by the inmate inside the jail. During the court session, Lawyer Talal Saber, who was representing the inmate, insisted that the investigations did not present any evidences that linked his client with the narcotics, indicating that the prosecution only depended on the testimony by the arresting officer. He added that his client denied any involvement in the issue throughout the investigations.

Ruling overturned: The Personal Status Section in the Court of Appeals overturned the ruling of the First Instance Court that obligated a citizen to pay KD 10,000 to his exwife as deferred dowry. The citizen’s lawyer, Attorney Muhammad Al-Qattan, pointed out in court that his client divorced his wife as per her request. He argued the decision of the First Instance Court was issued in absentia, indicating his client did not receive notifications about the court sessions so he had no opportunity to defend himself. Al-Qattan asserted that since the woman requested for divorce, it means she gave up all her financial rights including the deferred dowry. He added the decision of the First Instance Court was incorrect. The higher court ruled in favor of the citizen after looking into the arguments and pieces of evidence presented by both sides.

Verdict upheld: The Civil Division of the Court of Appeals upheld the verdict issued by the Court of First Instance which obligated a Kuwaiti citizen to pay KD 100,000 to his brother who is the guardian of the third part of their grandfather’s inheritance. The plaintiff counsel Lawyer Hashim Al-Rifai explained that the grandfather, before he died, appointed his son and grandson (his client) as guardians for one-third of his inheritance which he had allocated for charitable activities. From this amount, KD 100,000 was given to his client’s brother as loan for buying a house and he had signed an agreement to return the money when asked to do so. However, the defendant did not respond to the repeated calls made by his client for the return of the money, due to which his client decided to file a case against his brother. The Court of First Instance had obligated the defendant to return the money and the Court of Appeals upheld the verdict.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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