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Egyptian ‘escapes’ prison in drug possession, trade case – Kuwaiti acquitted of theft

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 16: The Court of Appeals overturned the ruling of the First Instance Court that sentenced an Egyptian to five years in prison with hard labor for the possession of an undisclosed quantity of Amphetamine, Tramadol and hashish for trading. The higher court refrained from imposing a sentence on the accused and allowed him to post bail of KD 200 for the possession of Amphetamine and Tramadol for trading while he was acquitted of trading in hashish. An officer at the Drug Control General Department told the court that when he arrested two persons in front of a shopping mall for the possession of drugs, he asked them to disclose the identity of their supplier. They later guided him to the supplier’s whereabouts. According to the officer, he and a team of other securitymen raided the house of the supplier where they found two bars of a dark brown material and some money. The officer said the accused admitted that the items belong to him. Attorney Ena’am Haidar, who defended the accused in court, questioned the search and arrest procedures while pointing out her client was not caught red handed. She also pinpointed contradictions in the descriptions of the confiscated items and those mentioned in the report of the Criminal Evidence Department.

Citizen acquitted: The Court of First Instance acquitted a Kuwaiti citizen who was accused of stealing money and valuables of his neighbor’s housemaid. According to the case file, the Public Prosecution had charged the citizen of breaking into the room of his neighbor’s housemaid and stealing money and valuables. As per affidavit of the victim, she was surprised to see the door to her room broken and she checked her room to discover her locker was broken and her money, jewelry, accessories, mobile phone, sunglasses and foreign currency (country notes) were missing. The arresting officer affirmed his investigations led to the suspect but they were unable to recover the stolen items as the accused had disposed them or sold them off. The victim did not identify the suspect when she was asked in court. Lawyer Mohammad Safar, who representing the defendant, affirmed that the investigations were not backed by solid evidence and the criminal allegation against his client was based on guess work instead of concrete facts and evidence, demanding the acquittal of his client.

Sleuth job endorsed: The Administrative Court cancelled the decision of the director general of the Investigation Department which rejected the application of a citizen to the position of detective. The court then instructed the department to appoint the citizen retroactively, starting from the date his colleagues were appointed. The lawsuit filed by Attorney Khaled Bujarwah on behalf of his client stated that the citizen holds a certificate in law obtained from Kuwait University with very good GPA of 84 percent in 2013. He applied for the vacant position announced by the department only to be surprised by the decision not to consider him for the job although he passed the test and fulfilled all the requirements, while 128 other applicants were employed.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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