KUWAIT CITY, April 5: The Court of Appeals presided over by Judge Najib Al-Mulla acquitted two American women of possessing drugs who were earlier sentenced to life imprisonment in a verdict issued by the Court of First Instance. According to the case file, the in-charge officer raided the apartment of the two women after receiving information from an undercover agent that the suspects are involved in drug peddling.
The defense counsel Lawyer Ashwaq Al-Shaya stressed that the procedures followed for arresting her clients and searching their apartment were not legal because of lack of seriousness of the investigations. She revealed that the court had summoned the in-charge officer to the session for hearing his testimony but he did not attend the session. Due to doubts concerning the accuracy of the charges, the court decided to overturn the verdict of the Court of First Instance and acquit the defendants.
16 Asians held for gambling: Securitymen affi liated to Farwaniya Security Command raided a haven for gambling in Jleeb Al-Shuwaikh and arrested 16 Asian expatriates and confiscated cash and gambling tools.
Farwaniya Security Commander Brigadier Saleh Al-Anzi received a tip-off that a group of expatriates had turned their house into a haven for gambling. Acting on information, a team of detectives was formed and they managed to arrest 16 Asians in a raid. They were referred to the relevant authorities for legal action.
In a separate incident the securitymen arrested a Bangladeshi expatriate in Jleeb Shuyoukh for possessing 49 illicit tablets, and seized a passport and KD 215 cash
7 years jail for citizen: The Court of First Instance presided over by Judge Mohammed Al- Duaij sentenced a citizen to seven years imprisonment and KD 1,000 fine on charges of joining the terrorist organization, DAESH, and possessing unlicensed weapon. The Public Prosecution accused the suspect of joining a banned terrorist organization without obtaining permission from the state, and endangering Kuwait’s relationship with two countries. He was also accused of possessing an unlicensed Kalashnikov and forging a passport to travel outside Kuwait to join a banned organization.
15 yrs jail for rape bid: The Court of Appeals presided over by Judge Anwar Al-Enezi overturned the verdict issued by the Court of First Instance which sentenced a taxi driver to 15-year imprisonment for allegedly attempting to rape an Ethiopian woman. The court instead refrained from pronouncing penalty and ordered the suspect to sign a good conduct pledge and pay the bail bond. According to the case file, the suspect drove the victim to a campsite where he tried to rape her but he did not succeed because she resisted and escaped from the campsite.
The prosecution witness said he was driving down Sixth Ring Road close to the camping area at around 3 am when he saw the woman by the roadside crying and with bruises on her face. He immediately called the Operations Room of Ministry of Interior after which police officers rushed to the location and picked her. He revealed that the suspect picked the woman from a taxi office where he was working after another driver dropped her there. He affirmed that the phone number she gave the police belonged to the suspect.
By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff