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Death sentence upheld for ‘torturers’ – Police officers appeal rejected

KUWAIT CITY, April 24: The Court of Cassation Court has upheld the verdict which was issued by the Court of Appeals on June 17, 2013, and sentenced two police officers to death for torturing to death a Kuwaiti, identified as Mohammad Al-Maimouni, reports Al-Rai daily.

The same court (Cassation) has ordered the Ministry of Interior to pay KD 80,000 compensation to the family of the deceased. The ministry had earlier appealed the verdict under the pretext the ministry is not responsible for the personal behavior of the two officers when the Court of Appeals had demanded KD 70,000 compensation for the victim’s family.

Two policemen were were charged with torturing Al-Maimouni during interrogation when he was in police detention. Earlier it was reported following the outbreak of the incident the then Minister of Interior had ordered the suspension of the Director of the General Department of Criminal Investigation. The Director of the Ahmadi Investigation and Detection Department Col Adel Al-Hamdan were also referred for interrogation for allegedly providing false information based on which the Minister had issued his first statement surrounding the causes and circumstances of the death of Al-Maimouni. A security source had said the committee which was investigating the circumstances of the incident had ordered the arrest of two officers – a Lieutenant identified only as A.A. and Lieutenant, S.A. and four other military personnel.

Fined in insult case: The Court of Appeals has obligated a Kuwaiti citizen to pay compensation worth KD 4,000 to a police officer affiliated to Ministry of Interior for insulting and assaulting the officer while the latter was on official duty. According to the case file, the Misdemeanor Court had earlier ordered the defendant in absentia to pay a fine of KD50 and referred the case to the civil court. The defendant filed an appeal against the ruling but the court rejected the appeal and upheld the ruling. The plaintiff counsel Lawyer Zaid Al-Khabbaz had filed the case on behalf of his client the police officer in which he demanded the defendant to pay compensation worth KD 5,001 and bear his client’s legal costs. He stressed that his client suffered from physical and emotional troubles due to the actions of the defendant, which was why he fi led the case against the citizen and demanded for compensation.

Teacher wins comp: The Administrative Court presided over by Judge Waleed Al-Mathkour ruled in favor of female Kuwaiti teacher by giving her the right to demand financial discrepancy of about KD 4,250 that occurred due to delay in changing her pay grade from D to G starting from Nov 1, 2010. According to her legal counsel Lawyer Sultan Al-Qahtani, the teacher deserved an increase in her pay grade starting from Nov 1, 2010, but the administration sector failed to do so until April 23, 2013. She had not been receiving her dues despite an acknowledgement from Civil Service Commission about the mistake in delaying the updating of her pay grade. Lawyer Al-Qahtani stressed that his client deserves to receive a payment of KD 4,250 as well as compensation of the emotional harms sustained from the negligence of the administrative sector and violation of the concept of equality.

Lioness owner acquitted: The Misdemeanor Court of Appeals cancelled the verdict issued by a lower court which sentenced the owner of a lioness to two-month imprisonment. The court instead acquitted him. According to the case file, the Public Prosecution held the lioness owner responsible for the injuries sustained by an individual who was attacked by his lioness, reasoning that he had left the lioness free and did not tie her due to which she attacked the victim. During the court session, the defense counsel Lawyer Abdulatif Al-Obaidali stressed that the lower court made a mistake in applying the law. He explained that investigations revealed the victim is the guard of a livestock pen next to his client’s livestock pen where the lioness was kept. The victim was aware of the cage where the lioness was placed and knew how to deal with her.

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