Duo acquitted of playing role in citizenship forgery – No bail for actor, Iraqi

KUWAIT CITY, March 16: The Court of Appeals presided over by Judge Nasr Salem Al-Heed, with members Judge Sorour Bazghal and Judge Mohammad Sheta, upheld the verdict issued by the Criminal Court which acquitted two individuals who were accused of participating in a crime related to forgery of Kuwaiti citizenship with another individual.

The court also decided to cancel the case filed against the first suspect who was sentenced in absentia to fiveyear imprisonment and against the third suspect who was sentenced in absentia to 15-year imprisonment. It decided to cancel the case because of expiry of penalty period over the first allegation directed against them.

According to the case file, the Public Prosecution had accused the first suspect of forging official documents, such as birth notification, birth certifi- cate, civil ID and passport of the third suspect, and falsely claiming that he is the son of the third suspect. It accused the second and third suspects of cooperating with the first suspect in the crime and helping him by giving him the necessary documents and money needed for the crime.

The third suspect was also accused for forging his own official documents related to citizenship file, which enabled him to obtain a job in Ministry of Interior and receive salary worth KD 129,000. The first and second suspects were accused of helping the third suspect in selling citizenship and supplying him with fake documents. The defense counsel to the second suspect Lawyer Abdulmohsen Al- Qattan urged the court to drop the penalty of the first allegation due to expiry of the legal period. He requested the court to acquit his client from the second allegation.

The court acquitted the first and second suspects from the second allegation, which was helping the third suspect in selling Kuwaiti citizenship. The court sentenced the first suspect in absentia to five-year imprisonment for the first allegation, which is helping the third suspect and supplying him with necessary documents and money. The court sentenced the second suspect in absentia to 15-year imprisonment, fined him KD 258,000, ordered him to pay KD 192,000 to Ministry of Interior and dismissed him from his job.

Bail rejected: The Criminal Court refused the request to release on bail a famous Kuwaiti actor and an Iraqi national who are accused of money laundering and peddling illegal brain stimulant known as “Chemical”. The court adjourned the case filed against them to March 23. According to the case file, the two suspects were arrested after the Drugs Control General Department received information about a Kuwaiti citizen involved in smuggling drugs and peddling them.

After a month of investigations, security authorities obtained an arrest warrant from the Public Prosecution and arrested the suspect in a trap. During interrogations, he revealed that he has a shop where he manufactures the drug using chemicals imported from Europe under the pretext that the chemicals are cosmetics that he sells in his beauty center. He also disclosed the identity of his Iraqi partner and led securitymen to the location where he stored the drugs and chemicals

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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