Wednesday , September 19 2018

Death ‘verdict’ cut to 15-yr jail – Editor in Chief Ahmed Al-Jarallah acquitted

KUWAIT CITY, July 19: The Court of Appeals chaired by Judge Nasr Salem Al-Heed nullified the ruling of a lower court that sentenced an expatriate to death and another one to 10 years in prison. The court thereby commuted jail term of the first and second suspects to 15 and 7 years respectively.

The suspects had been arraigned in connection with robbery and the murder of an expatriate in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh area.

Meanwhile, the same court sentenced a Syrian expatriate to 40 months in prison with hard labor for allegedly setting fire to his daughter with an inflammable material after battering and maltreating her.

In another case, the court upheld verdict of the Court of First Instance that acquitted 8 citizens of conducting primary elections for Al-Jeblan lineage of Al-Matran Tribe in Fourth Constituency. All accused persons denied the allegation, and the court affirmed lack of sufficient evidence in establishing the claim.

Drug peddlers acquitted: Penal Section Nine at the Misdemeanor Court acquitted two expatriates of trafficking in 20 kilograms of hashish.

According to the case file, one of the officers who arrested the suspects got a tip off.  He said an informant received a call from one of the suspects who is detained in the Central Prison, instructing the former to get KD 13,000 ready and use it to collect the hashish from someone at Al-Sha’ab seaside. He promised the man that he will double the amount.  Based on the information, he went to the location with some undercover agents, so the officers arrested the suspect when the message was fully delivered.

The same source called the other suspect in prison informing him the deal had been accomplished. The latter instructed the former to deliver a certain quantity of drugs to Al-Sha’ab Area. It was at that point the informant was arrested. The detectives continued with investigations, which led them to the discovery that both suspects owned the drugs.

However, lawyer for one of the suspects, Attorney Bashar Al-Nassar, questioned the investigation and arrest procedures. He argued the detectives set up his client, saying it was not possible for the two suspects who were in jail without a telephone to carry out the deal. He stressed the fact that the phone used for communication belongs to the daughter of the suspect was not enough to prove his client’s guilt.  He pointed out several inmates were using the telephone making over 250 calls on daily basis, so it was like a public phone. He disclosed the informant was an ex-convict who served prison term along with the two suspects and that was how they became friends. He said the statement made by the informant was unjustifiable.

Editor acquitted: Editor-in-Chief of the Arab Times and Al-Seyassah newspapers Ahmed Al-Jarallah has been acquitted of alleged defamation of ex-MP Ahmad Lari in a story published last year titled “Former and Current Lawmakers Perform Hajj in Karbala”.

The Court of Appeals chaired by Judge Nasr Saleh Al-Heed cleared Al-Jarallah of all charges in the former MP’s defamation and libel claim after Al-Seyassah published the story, which was earlier circulated by bloggers with photos of MPs Adnan Abdul-Samad, Saleh Ashour, Ahmad Lari and other prominent Kuwaitis in Karbala and Najaf, while they were visiting the graveyard of Imam Al-Hussein during Hajj period.

The visit to Iraq by the MPs at that point in time was perceived as “responding to Iran’s call for her supporters to visit Karbala instead of the holy sites in Saudi Arabia”, which attracted massive condemnation and shock.

KD 2 mln attorney fee: The Court of Cassation upheld the decision of Appeals Court and dismissed a petition filed by former board of directors of a shareholding company for cancellation of legal expenses worth two million dinars.

The former board of directors was ordered by the court to pay a sum of KD 2 million in attorney’s fee for what the shareholding company considered ‘personal’ lawsuit.

Lawyer Ali Al-Attar from the office of Lawyer Meshari Al-Esaimi argued the former board of directors paid the sum in a lawsuit that had nothing to do with company business, indicating the litigation rather involved shareholders and membership of the board of directors. He implored the court to oblige the former board of directors to reimburse the sum to the company.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud

Al-Seyassah Staff


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