KUWAIT CITY, July 12: The Court of Appeals chaired by Judge Hassan Al- Shammari nullified life imprisonment sentence the Court of First Instance handed to an Egyptian man for raping an adolescent in Farwaniya area. The appellant court thereby acquitted the suspect. An appeal filed by defense attorney Athbi Al-Nemran stated the Public Prosecution Department charged his client for allegedly abducting the plaintiff in front of his residence to rape her. Al-Nemran said the allegation was illogical, especially as the plaintiff claimed his client abused and threatened her against reporting the incident to the parents. He pointed to contradictions in the investigation and statements presented at the Public Prosecution Department, indicating no concrete evidences were available to indict his client.
Woman fined: The Civil Section of the Court of First Instance ordered a Kuwaiti woman to pay compensation worth KD 20,000 for the mental and physical damages sustained by her husband due to the illegitimate acts committed by her. According to the lawsuit filed by the plaintiff counsel Lawyer Abdulwahab Bin Salama on behalf of his client, the plaintiff caught his estranged wife and her boyfriend perpetrating immoral activities and misusing a mobile phone. These allegations were confirmed in the investigations. He said the two suspects confessed to the crime after which they were detained and imposed fines. Lawyer Bin Salama explained that the lovebirds exchanged messages on their mobile phones, without taking the marital status of the woman into account, as she was married to his client and they had children. She was supposed to have respected the marriage, as well as her own image and honor. She not only violated the tenets of the religion but also the local tradition and norms.
Mandoub beaten: The Criminal Court acquitted two individuals who were accused of beating the “mandoub” of a transportation company and stealing his mobile phone and KD 47 cash. The Public Prosecution had filed charges against the two suspects who had violently attacked the victim (mandoub) using a knife and their fists, causing injuries which were specified in the medical report. The duo was also charged with purposely damaging the vehicle belonging to the company. Lawyer Esmet Al-Kharboutli, on behalf of one of the defendants, insisted that the arrest-and search procedures on her client were invalid due to lack of incriminating evidences and the fact that her client was not part of the incident. She said the collected evidences indicate lack of seriousness in investigations and consideration of the statement of the third witness.
Ruling upheld: The Court of Appeals upheld the lower court’s ruling on custody rights of a grandmother over granddaughter after the mother of the daughter got married and the father (grandmother’s son) refused to take his daughter and instead left her with the mother and her new husband. Representing the grandmother was Attorney Abdullah Al-Dhiyab who filed the custody case against the daughter’s mother demanded her to drop custody of her daughter in order to provide the latter with better care especially after the mother got married to another man. The lower court ruled in favor of the grandmother and also ordered the father to pay monthly maintenance, the decision which the mother protested but the higher court upheld the decision.
Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff