KUWAIT CITY, Jan 21:The Court of Cassation overturned the verdict issued against an inmate known as “El Chapo” in the Central Prison who was sentenced to life imprisonment. The court instead ruled his innocence of possession of heroin with the intention of trafficking, after his friend confessed that he was the one who instructed him to sell it outside the prison.
According to the case file, the arresting officer testified that the inmate was communicating with his friend (the second defendant) from his cell using a mobile phone. The prison came to know about it after the second defendant was arrested and the latter admitted during interrogation that he was in contact with the inmate in the Central Prison.
Representing the inmate was Lawyer Yousef Dashti who said the search process that led to his client was faulty, given that the arresting officer did not have probable cause to search his client. He stressed that the entire procedure was conducted without permission from the relevant authority, which is in violation of his client’s rights
By Jaber Al-Hamoud