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Court cuts citizen’s ‘life term’ to five years jail in drugs case

KUWAIT CITY, June 11: The Court of Appeals presided over by Judge Ali Al-Duraie cancelled the verdict issued by the Court of First Instance which sentenced a Kuwaiti citizen to life imprisonment for peddling heroin and opium drugs. The court instead sentenced him to five-year imprisonment with hard labor. During the court session, the defense counsel Lawyer Inaam Haider stressed that the arrest and search procedures carried out on her client are invalid, as they are in violation of Article 84 of the Criminal Law.

She said the seized quantity is less and not enough to claim that her client has been peddling drugs, adding that there are no evidences to prove her client has been selling drugs. Meanwhile, the Misdemeanor Court, chaired by Judge Haider Al-Mazedi, imposed fine of KD100 on ex-MP Mohammad Hayef for attacking MP Saleh Ashour through Twitter.

It also referred the civil aspect of the case to the Civil Court. According to the plaintiff’s lawyer – Attorney Ali Al-Ali, the defendant made unfounded allegation against his client who deemed the act malicious. The plaintiff supported his case with a copy of the tweet. He demanded for KD5,001 temporary compensation on the civil aspect of the case, asserting that he presented enough proof to build the case against the defendant.

Wanted for issuing dud cheque held: Personnel from the Criminal Investigations Department have arrested an unidentified Kuwaiti who had been sentenced in absentia to three years imprisonment for issuing dud cheque for KD 60,000, reports Al- Rai daily.

The daily added, the arrest came after police received a tip-off from an unidentified source that the suspect was seen parking his vehicle in the parking lot of a well-known commercial complex. He has been handed over to the Sentences Enforcement Department.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies

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