KUWAIT CITY, Nov 25: The Court of Appeals upheld the verdict issued by the Court of First Instance which issued death sentence against one of the suspects in the vegetable market heist case that occurred several months ago. The second suspect was sentenced to ten-year imprisonment while the third and fourth suspects were fined KD50 each.
According to the case files, the Public Prosecution accused two of the suspects, a 21-year old Bedoun man and a 17-year old Syrian, of robbery and premeditated murder, while the other two suspects were accused of possessing an illegal weapon and ammunition.
The third suspect, a Kuwaiti citizen denied all charges leveled against him, insisting that the Bedoun man gave him some money for investing in their joint commercial project.
The fourth suspect, a Syrian expatriate rejected the murder charges leveled against him, insisting that he was an accomplice. He revealed that the mastermind behind the crime was the Bedoun.
The Bedoun suspect accepted all charges leveled against him except the murder charges, insisting that he only intended to fire his gun and not to kill. He revealed that the Syrian suspect had burnt the car and that the Kuwaiti suspect had absolutely nothing to do with the crime.
Meanwhile, the Court of Appeals, chaired by Judge AbdulRahman Al-Daarami, postponed until Dec 20, the hearing on National Assembly building storming, involving 70 citizens including 11 former members of Parliament.
Previously, the First Instance Court acquitted all the defendants – a decision challenged by the government. The Public Prosecution appealed against it, indicating the verdict issued by the lower court neglected many factors and failed to properly implement the as per the evidence at hand.
And, the Constitutional Court has postponed deliberations on four petitions endorsed by the consultation panel of the court.
One of the petitions is related to the constitutionality of some articles concerning taxes on goods entering Kuwait, including a clause on cigarettes and imported tobacco in the unified GCC Customs Law. The hearing on this petition is set for Dec 16.
The second petition is about procedures on hearing case, especially when one of the litigants’ requests for rehearing the case. The third petition is about the establishment of the anti-corruption agency, whereas the fourth is on some articles of the Domestic Labor Law. Deliberations on these three petitions are slated for Dec 9.
By Jaber Al-Hamoud