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Court annuls verdict, acquits liquor trader

KUWAIT CITY, April 19: The Misdemeanor Court of Cassation has nullified the decisions of the Courts of First Instance and Appeals that sentenced an imported liquor trader in Farwaniya to one year in prison with hard labor. The Supreme Court thereby declared the suspect innocent. The case file indicated the prosecution officer had submitted a statement alleging the suspect had been caught in possession of liquor at Farwaniya Stables, and the officer obtained warrant to search and arrest the suspect. However, upon arrival, he couldn’t find the suspect at the stables and a security guard assisted the officer to retrieve six boxes of containing 134 bottles of liquor, which the latter strongly believed belonged to the suspect. Lawyer Abdul-Mohsin Al-Qattan in his defense faulted the idea of convicting his client based on mere suspicion without giving him a chance to defend himself. He urged the court to discard the officer’s testimony based on incomplete investigation, indicating there was no concrete evidence nailing his client to the crime.

Case dismissed: The Jaafariya Family Circuit at the Court of First Instance dismissed a divorce case filed by a woman against his husband, claiming she was negatively affected by the marital relationship with him. The court also ordered her to pay for the expenses and legal fees. The defense counsel representing the husband, Lawyer Mohammed Khalil Al-Qattan, explained that, under the Ja’afari doctrine, violation of marital duties can occur from both sides. The divorce sought by one of the spouses affected by the marital relationship should be accompanied with proof of harm, as established by law. When the complainant could not provide the proof of harm as defined by the law, the court responded in favor of Lawyer Al-Qattan and dismissed the lawsuit.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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