KUWAIT CITY, Jan 24: The Criminal Court, presided over by Judge Muhammad Ja’far, adjourned until March 6 the final pleadings on the Fintas Group case, involving 13 individuals — two lawyers, two journalists, four members of the ruling family and several citizens, reports Al-Seyassah daily. Sunday’s session continued for five hours behind closed doors, during which the court listened to testimony of the prosecution officer in charge of the case. Case files indicate the Public Prosecution issued a warrant to arrest the 13 individuals and imposed a travel ban on them until the investigation is completed. This came after the Interior Ministry sued them for offending the ruling system and some institutions of the State like the judiciary. The charges came to light after a phone was confiscated from one of the accused lawyers as he was questioned regarding his participation in a demonstration in front of Erada Square, as the phone contained WhatsApp group chat that had controversial posts. The suspects were then released on various bail terms.
Top officer held: The Kuwait International Airport police have arrested a sergeant major working for the Ministry of Interior for attempting to bribe an employee to facilitate the departure of a Canadian person of Lebanese origin who is wanted by law in a financial fraud, reports Al-Rai daily. The suspect reportedly offered to pay KD 2,000 for the favor. According to a security source, the employee pretended to accept the offer and informed his supervisor. The daily added, the arrest came after the entire conversation between the employee and the suspect was recorded. The suspect and the Canadian have been referred to the authorities.
Expired medicines: The State Audit Bureau has found medicines worth KD 7.5 million in the Sabhan stores of the Ministry of Interior. The medicines reportedly expired in 2012, 2013 and 2014, reports Al-Qabas daily. The Bureau said the Ministry has yet to find ways to get rid of these medicines. The ministry said it has supplied drugs worth KD 3 million upon the request of the Radiation Protection Commission to prevent the spread of the bird flu epidemic and the medicines were purchased after getting approval from the Council of Ministers as a precautionary measure in the best interest of public health.
Bedoun beaten, robbed: The Jahra police have arrested two Egyptians for assaulting a bedoun and stealing his money, reports Al-Rai daily. According to security sources the men convinced the bedoun that they wanted to buy fodder from him and stole KD 500. The incident happened inside the Jahra Stables. According to a security source the victim has filed a complaint with the Waha Police Station. The arrest came after the bedoun provided police with the car plate number of the suspects.
Two held with drugs: The Farwaniya police have arrested two people for possessing and consuming drugs, reports Al-Kuwaitiah daily. Police have also seized from the men drug consumption tools. At the time of arrest, the men were under the influence of drugs. They were picked from a street in Farwaniya. They have been handed over to the General Department of Drugs Control.