Death for police officer in murder of ex-wife’s father

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 11: The Criminal Court on Tuesday sentenced to death a police officer working at the Interior Ministry for murdering the father of his ex-wife in Sabah Al-Nasser. Case files indicate that the police officer killed the victim, a 74-year-old Kuwaiti, while wearing his police uniform with his service weapon — M16 assault rifl e — as he was on duty at Ardhiya Police Station. According to sources, the crime was sparked by a family dispute and an arrest warrant was issued against the officer who was nabbed when a team of securitymen raided his house. During interrogations, the accused confessed to killing the victim by shooting him on the head after a heated argument over family matters.

Citizen acquitted: The Misdemeanor Court acquitted a Kuwaiti citizen who was accused of possessing methamphetamine for consumption. According to the case file, the arresting officer was patrolling the area when he suddenly sighted the suspect driving his car erratically. He ordered the motorist to pull over for checking and demanded for identification, which the suspect could not produce. After noticing the disoriented state of the suspect and his passenger, the officer saw some drug paraphernalia in the vehicle and arrested the two suspects. The Public Prosecution accused the two suspects of drug consumption without legal authorization. However, the defense counsel Lawyer Zaid Al-Khabbaz urged the court to clear his client of misdeed and declare the police action a nullity. He stressed that his client did not carry out any action that could warrant the inspection.

Hearing postponed: The Criminal Court postponed until Oct 18, 2016 the hearing on a State security case known as ‘Abdally Cell’ case, after the judicial panel in the Court of Appeals declared lack of jurisdiction over training on handling weapons and using explosives charges which happened outside Kuwait — in Lebanon. The case involves 26 individuals and 22 of them were accused of participating in training sessions on the use of weapons and explosives in Lebanon. On Sept 1, 2015, the Public Prosecution charged the suspects with conducting training activities that could jeopardize national unity and peace in Kuwait. They were also accused of conspiring with Iran and Hezbollah on espionage activities to attack Kuwait by smuggling some explosives and ammunition into the country. The court had earlier upheld the verdict of its First Instance counterpart that sentenced one of the suspects to death, life imprisonment for another suspect while 10 others were acquitted. It also commuted sentences imposed on five suspects and fined four others instead of prison terms, but refused to look into an appeal concerning the death sentence imposed on another suspect in absentia until expiration of the ultimatum for appeal or judgment delivered by the Court of Appeals.

Jail in principal abuse: A Kuwaiti court sentenced a Kuwaiti citizen to two-week imprisonment and ordered him to pay compensation of KD 2,700 to the principal of a school for insulting and abusing him. According to the case filed by the plaintiff counsel Lawyer Mohammad Hamza Abbas, the defendant went to the school to verify the expulsion of his sibling because he had exceeded the acceptable number of absent days. He reportedly approached the plaintiff in a rude manner and uttered unprintable words, after which he attempted to attack the principal physically but he was stopped by eyewitnesses. A case was filed at the nearest police station and police summoned him for investigations

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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