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Good conduct pledge frees Kuwaiti man in drugs case

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 26: The Criminal Division of the Court of First Instance refrained from pronouncing punishment against a Kuwaiti citizen who was accused of possessing hashish and methamphetamine and driving under narcotic influence on Bin Khaldoun Street in Hawally area. The court instead obliged him to sign a pledge of good conduct for one year along with a financial guarantee. According to the case file, a Public Security officer saw the suspect smoking at a signal intersection and then throwing away the cigarette as soon as he noticed the patrol vehicle. Based on suspicions, the officer demanded him to stop and asked him for his details to discover he is a Kuwaiti citizen who was banned from travelling due to his involvement in a drug-related case. Noticing the suspect’s disoriented state, the officer searched the vehicle to find a knife as well as hashish and methamphetamine. During the court session, the defense counsel Lawyer Mohammad Safar stressed that his client had denied the charges, insisting that the procedures followed for searching and arresting his client were invalid. He requested the court for the acquittal of his client.

Petitions delayed: The Constitutional Court has adjourned election challenge of the 4th constituency to a session due on January 24th in order to review vote-counting reports. The court said it would look into the challenges lodged against election results of the 4th constituency, says KUNA.

Life-term quashed: The Criminal Court cancelled life imprisonment verdict issued in absentia against a suspect accused of kidnapping, and acquitted him of all charges. The Public Prosecution charged the suspect of kidnapping after he allegedly persuaded and tricked the plaintiff to come aboard his vehicle, and then locked him up against his will. The court had earlier slapped life imprisonment with labor on the suspect in absentia and obliged him to pay KD 5,001 in compensation to the plaintiff. Attorney Fayez Shadid Al-Mutairi defending the suspect objected to the ruling and argued there’s no incriminating evidence against his client, while statements of the victim contradicted with the incident. He cited delay in reporting the case and lack of medical report raise doubts on the occurrence of the incident. He called for acquittal of his client and the court responded in his favor.

Father, son dispute: The Misdemeanor Court chaired by Judge Abdullah Al-Awadi acquitted a citizen of coercing his father to buy a flat in Turkey for KD 59,000 and sending the man annoying SMS afterward. The Public Prosecution charged the citizen of taking his father’s money through dishonest means to buy a flat in Turkey and upsetting the man with SMS. In his defense, Lawyer Muhammad Al-Qattan said the criminal code requires the court to acquit the accused whenever it remains unsure of the accusation. He added the accusation is not supported by incriminating evidence but the word of the father; thus, it cannot be considered the basis of sentencing the accused. He called for acquittal of his client according to Article 172 of the Criminal Code.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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