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Good conduct pledge frees Russian expat – 5-year jail overturned

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 3: The Court of Appeals overturned the verdict issued by the Court of First Instance which sentenced a Russian expatriate to five-year imprisonment with hard labor for allegedly possessing morphine for his own use. The court instead refrained from pronouncing penalty and obliged him to sign a pledge of good conduct and behavior for a period of one year.

According to the case file, a security patrol team noticed the expatriate fall on the ground and immediately called for medical personnel. They then realized that the man was in a disoriented state, showing signs of drug and liquor use. They checked his details to discover he was a Russian expatriate and wanted by law for a civil case. He was then arrested and referred to the concerned authorities.

During the court session, the defense counsel Lawyer Mohammad Safar pointed out the illegality in taking urine and blood samples from his client as well as in the arrest and search procedures followed by the arresting officers.

He affirmed that his client has denied all charges, and suffers from old age and diabetes, adding that he has a certificate of good conduct from his company.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud – Al-Seyassah Staff



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