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Detention of officer, seven others extended by judge

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 29: The Detention Renewal Judge extended the detention of a citizen working at the Immigration Department in Kuwait International Airport, together with seven other individuals, as they have been accused of receiving bribes, forgery and facilitating the exit procedures for Bedouns and other nationalities by using passports that do not belong to them. The judge postponed hearing on the case until Oct 16, 2016. In yesterday’s session, all of the accused denied the charges. Attorney Ayed Al-Rashidi, who represented one of the accused, requested for the release of his client citing the absence of valid reason for the arrest, adding that his client has no knowledge about the supposed forgery.

Brothers not guilty: The Criminal Court acquitted businessperson and Head of Kuwait Football Association Fawwaz Al-Hassawi and his sibling of falsifying official documents as claimed by their sister. Case files indicate the sister accused her brothers of using an expired power of attorney to usurp the money of their father from local banks. However, the court found the brothers not guilty of the charge after thorough deliberations on the arguments and evidence presented by both sides.

Iranian acquitted: The Court of Appeals upheld the verdict issued by a lower court which acquitted an Iranian youth of beating three Kuwaitis who attacked him. It dismissed a judgment issued against him in absentia. The defense counsel Attorney En’am Haider insisted that the plaintiffs physically attacked her client after a traffic accident that did not result in any injury. She said they even hurled verbal insults against her client publicly, which prompted him to defend himself by beating them. She added that the plaintiffs cooked up stories without any proof.

Hearing on Oct 6: The Criminal Court set a session for Oct 6, 2016 to look into the State Security case involving Twitter user Sarah Al-Dureis who has been accused of using words deemed offensive to the entity of HH the Amir. The Public Prosecution referred Al-Dureis to the Central Jail after the issuance of a 21-day detention order on her for offending the entity of HH the Amir and spreading rumors through her posts on her Twitter account.

Gender segregation: The Administrative Court set Oct 24, 2016 to look into the case filed by a female citizen, through Attorney Mishari Al-Mishaan, requesting the cancellation of the decision issued by the Justice Ministry to hire only male prosecutors and lawyers. The plaintiff requested for fasttrack court proceedings on the suspension of the implementation of the ministry’s decision, which barred her from submitting her application as the aforementioned positions were made exclusive for males.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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