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Court orders MHE to pay Kuwaiti student ‘damages’ – ‘Issue woman security card’

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 28: Administrative Circuit at the Court of Appeals ordered the Ministry of Higher Education to pay KD 5,000 in compensation to a Kuwaiti female student. In a lawsuit filed on behalf of his client, Lawyer Ali Al-Mousawi sued the Ministry of Higher Education and head of Scholarship Department and demanded compensation for psychological and material damages. The case file indicated the plaintiff obtained 96.7 percent in the general secondary examination and gained admission to Kuwait University in 2008. She couldn’t secure government scholarship that year but succeeded in getting scholarship of the Prime Minister in 2011.

The 2.50 GPA was enough to enable her switch the scholarship to the General Department of Scholarships in the Ministry of Higher Education, so she contacted the Ministry of Higher Education through the Cultural Office in Los Angeles, USA. However, she did not receive any reply until a year later, which really affected her mentally and materially. Apparently, she was receiving $2,000, which should have been increased to $4,300 after switching to the ministry scholarship. Earlier, the Court of First Instance dismissed her application and the decision prompted Lawyer Al-Mousawi to file an appeal. He explained that his client has the right to request for payment of the difference, because she was obliged to pay certain bills that really affected her mentally and materially, noting she was forced to approach foreign aid committees for assistance.

‘Issue security card’: The Administrative Court has ordered the Central System for Remedying Status of Illegal Residents to issue a security card to a Kuwaiti woman whose citizenship was withdrawn. In a lawsuit filed by Lawyer Ayed Al-Rasheedi on behalf of the Kuwaiti woman, he explained that his client enjoyed Kuwaiti citizenship until 1988 when her father was stripped off the Kuwaiti citizenship. She lost her citizenship as a result of that decision and become an illegal resident (Bedoun). She married a Kuwaiti man and they were blessed with children. Out of the need for easing her daily life in Kuwait, considering she is the mother of Kuwaiti children and her desire to be enrolled in the official records, she filed the case for a security card issued to her.

Verdict overruled: The Court of Appeals overturned the First Instance Court’s verdict which endorsed a writ of debt ordering the petitioner to pay KD 30,000 to a citizen. Instead, the higher court cancelled the writ of debt, adding the petitioner was defrauded by the citizen. Attorney Jarrah Al-Shuraika represented the petitioner in court. He requested the court to appoint an expert to determine the nature of the writ in terms of whether it was a guarantee, settlement or the client was forced to sign the writ. Al-Shuraika added the writ in question was regarding a deal between his client and the citizen to sell four commercial licenses at a cost of KD 50,000 which he paid but when the time came to transfer the name, the citizen backed out and demanded the petitioner to sign the writ of debt amounting to KD 30,000 for the transfer to be done. However, the petitioner discovered that the citizen had no authority to transfer ownership.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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