KUWAIT CITY, April 17: The Civil Court ordered a female Kuwaiti employee to pay KD 5,001 temporary civil compensation to her colleague for the damages she caused when she poured hot water on the face and hands of the latter. According to the plaintiff’s counsel – Attorney Abdul-Aziz Al-Benwan, the Court of Appeals declared his client innocent of alleged physical attack and insult on the defendant who was found guilty but the court restrained from imposing penalty. He explained both employees were in the office when the defendant poured hot water that burnt the face and hands of his client, in addition to verbal attacks. He supported his claim with documents which included the medical report showing his client recovered within 30 days. The court later granted his request for KD 5,001 temporary compensation.
Damages won: The Civil Sector at the Court of Appeals upheld the verdict of the Court of First Instance, which ordered Al-Watan daily newspaper to pay KD 15,000 compensation to Chairman of Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) Ali Thunyan Al-Ghanim. According to the case file, Attorney Hussein Al-Ghareb from Meshari Al-Osaimi Law Firm filed a lawsuit against Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper Sheikh Khalifa Al-Ali Al-Sabah as the legal representative of Al-Watan Media and Publishing. The Court of Cassation had previously issued a verdict awarding KD 5,001 in favor of Al-Ghanim to compensate for damages associated to smearing of his image and defamation of his social status by falsely accusing him of bribery. He is regarded as a notable personality who chairs the KCCI, while the libel affected the integrity of his family and associates. The court reasoned that the KD 5,001 previously awarded to Al-Ghanim was too little to cover for damages incurred so the KD 15,000 compensation was an addition to the previous sum.
Activist released: The Criminal Court released activist Rana Al-Saadoun on KD 500 bail after cancelling the three-year imprisonment imposed on her earlier for repeating the statement of MP Musallam Al-Barrak. A State Security case was filed against Al-Saadoun for repeating the statement which was deemed offensive to the entity of HH the Amir. Al-Saadoun was arrested upon arrival to Kuwait.
No penalty on model: The Criminal Court refrained from imposing penalty on a famous Kuwaiti fashion model but sentenced her friend to three years imprisonment and fine of KD 1,000 for the possession of drugs. Case files indicate the Public Prosecution had earlier charged the model and her friend of possessing drugs which affect one’s mental condition.
Ex-minister acquitted: The Criminal Court, presided over by Judge Mut’eb Al-Ardhi, acquitted former Minister of Awqaf Dr Ali Al-Zumei’ and two other citizens – Marwan Adeeb and Ibrahim Al-Khozam – of embezzling funds for the shareholders of Aref Company. The Public Prosecution charged the defendants with embezzling KD 10 million from the company in which the government owns 52 percent of the shares through Kuwait Finance House.
By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff