KUWAIT CITY, Oct 19: The Commercial Court of First Instance ordered an insurance company to pay KD 16,000 in compensation to the family of a Kuwaiti man who was involved in a traffic accident. Plaintiff lawyer Hassan Al-Ajmi filed lawsuit against the company (the firm that insured the car knocking down the Kuwaiti man while he was crossing the road). With regard to the motorist who hit the victim, the court declared him innocent due to certain legal considerations. However, the insurance company was obliged to deal with the aspect of compensation pertaining to injuries psychological and financial damages suffered by the victim. The court premised the ruling on Articles 248 and 251 of civil law stipulating that insurance company should be responsible for blood money emanating from traffic accidents their clients may be involved in — as per Islamic Sharia.
Ex-MP sanctioned: The Court of First Instance ordered a former MP to pay an investment company KD 2.769 million plus legal interests from the date of maturity of a personal bond. The investment company had borrowed the above-mentioned amount from the former MP on the basis of a personal payable bond issued by the former legislator. A general trading and contracting company guaranteed the payment of the maturity debt through a Murabaha sale in which the investment company sold 9,491 ounces of platinum to the general trading and contracting company at a cost of KD 2,358,706.859 in line with the provisions of the Kuwait Civil Law. Lawyer Khaled Al-Hajri said the verdict was issued in favor of his client — the investment company.
Jail upheld: The Criminal Court upheld the verdict issued by a lower court in absentia which sentenced a Kuwaiti citizen to ten-year imprisonment with hard labor for joining the group Al-Nusra Front, which is categorized as a terrorist group. The citizen was standing trial for allegedly joining Al-Nusra Front in Syria where he participated in the so-called Jihad, something that threatens the relations the State of Kuwait shares with Syria. In addition, this banned group also poses a threat to Kuwait as its objectives are to promote principles that aim at destroying the ruling system of the country illegally. He was charged with joining the group with the knowledge of these objectives. In another case, the Criminal Court sentenced a Twitter user to five-year imprisonment for insulting the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) on social media. According to the case file, the Public Prosecution accused him of disdaining religions after he posted some words on Twitter which can be deemed as blasphemous to the Islamic religion and can provoke sedition in the community. He was also accused of misusing his mobile phone.
Verdict Oct 22: The Court of Cassation has set Oct 22 to deliver the verdict on the primary election conducted by Mutair Tribe for the Fourth Constituency in 2008 National Assembly elections in which MP Mohammad Hayef, ex- MPs Mubarak Al-Wa’alan and Hussein Quwae’an and others were involved. The Court of Appeals earlier acquitted Hayef, Al-Wa’alan, Quwae’an and other defendants of participating in the primary election. The verdict nullified the decision of First Instance Court that found the defendants guilty of the offence. The lower court had fined each of the defendants KD 2,000. All 17 defendants were later adjudged innocent.
By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff