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Egyptian acquitted in drug smuggling – Kuwaiti absolved of drunk driving

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 7: The Criminal Court acquitted an Egyptian expatriate who was accused of smuggling Tremadol pills from Egypt into Kuwait for peddling and consumption. The Public Prosecution had charged the suspect of bringing the illicit items illegally into the country. During the court session, the defense counsel Lawyer Enam Haidar called for the invalidation of the arrest and search procedures, as they were conducted on his client without a valid arrest warrant. She also affirmed the lack of incriminating evidences against her client, adding that he, throughout the interrogation, denied having anything to do with the contraband that was found in his possession.

Ruling overturned: The Criminal Court of Cassation has set aside the decision of the Appeals Court upheld by the Court of First Instance, which fined a Kuwaiti man KD 500 and ordered confiscation of his driver’s license for six months on the accusation of drunk driving. The apex court thereby acquitted the defendant, stressing the court should not have entertained the case at all.

The case file indicated the prosecution officer caught the defendant driving under the infl uence of alcohol and referred him to the General Investigations Department. The latter in return referred the case to the General Criminal Evidences Department for investigation, and blood sample test revealed the suspect had actually consumed alcohol. Lawyer Hassan Al-Ajmi in his defense argued it was wrong to put a person on trial twice for a single offense, because that amounts to duplicity of penal responsibility in an illegitimate act affecting justice delivery, indicating the other court should have dismissed the case.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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