KUWAIT CITY, Aug 13: The Court of First Instance (the Misdemeanor Department) acquitted an Egyptian of fraud and swindling pharmacies by buying masks with dud cheques to resell to customers, reports Al- Seyassah daily. Details of the incident are summarized in what the defense attorney Abdul Mohsen Al-Qattan confirmed, saying his client who lives in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh area, was transported to Salmiya area one day by the fourth accused.
He said his client was specifically taken to a hotel under the pretext of work. The lawyer said the first accused was not aware of what was being hatched in the darkness of the long dark night, as the other defendants formed a gang to exploit the health crisis in the State of Kuwait and communicated with companies to buy goods that are frequently used due to the spread of COVID-19, including masks.
Indeed, the second to the fifth defendants searched for a victim and contacted him via phone numbers that were not registered in their names. They communicated with him to purchase the goods and gave him post-dated cheques. It became clear later that the cheques were without balance. Al-Qattan argued that the elements of swindling were not available, as well as fraudulent methods on which the allegation of fraud is based. Meanwhile, the Public Prosecutor Dhirar Al-Asousi has decided to dismiss a petition submitted by the Ministry of Health against the former MP Obaid Al-Wasmi, and exclude the suspicion of crime in the accusations attributed to him of publishing false news, defamation, and abuse, in accordance with the communication authority law, as well as the violation of the information crime law, reports Aljarida daily.
The ministry’s accusation against Al-Wasmi was based on the messages he posted on his Twitter account which the ministry deems as violation of its legal rights. According to the prosecution’s justification about the reasons for dismissing the ministry’s report against Al-Wasmi, the messages posted by the latter on his Twitter account do not stray far from being a form of freedom of opinion and expression that is guaranteed by article 36 of the Kuwait Constitution. It is also considered a practical exercise of the existing democratic system in the country, through popular oversight. The Constitutional Court decided that the principle of popular sovereignty is the essence and pillar of democracy, and this is imperative for the people to have effective popular control that they exercise with free opinion.