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Hashash gets 5 yrs in new case

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 27: The Criminal Court acquitted an employee of a petroleum company and his cousin of possessing illegal brain stimulants for personal consumption. Police officers stationed at a petroleum facility in Mina Abdullah arrested the duo when the employee asked permission for his cousin to enter the petroleum compound with an expired gate pass. This prompted the officer to conduct precautionary search on them. Attorney Abdullah Al-Alanda, who represented the accused in court, argued that the search of his client’s car was illegal, so the result from such search is also illegal.

Hashash jailed: The Criminal Court sentenced, in absentia, Twitter user Sager Al-Hashash to five years in prison for violating State Security laws. The Public Prosecution charged Al-Hashash after the security agencies accused him of posting statements deemed offensive to the entity of HH the Amir on Twitter. This is the second conviction of Al-Sager who had earlier been sentenced to 15 years in jail for offending the judiciary, casting doubt on the integrity of the judicial system, and spreading false news about the internal situation of the country. Previously, Al-Hashash, who is on the run, was also sentenced by the Court of Cassation to 10 years in jail for misusing his mobile phone, giving tips on how to make a Molotov bombs (petrol bombs) for illegal schemes, and instigating others to make and use such bombs.

‘Pay firm KD 90,000’: The First Instance Court obliged a commercial company to pay KD 90,000 to a general trading and contracting company as the value of contracts between them. The commercial company (plaintiff) filed a lawsuit requesting the court to summon an expert from the Ministry of Justice to evaluate the contracts and receipts and cheques collected by the general trading and contracting company (defendant) to determine the extent at which the defendant was committed to conditions of the contracts as regards the exclusive distribution of its products. Attorney Yusuf Hussain representing the defendant implored the court to obligate the plaintiff to provide the original contracts with authorized translation in addition to the original receipts, documents and payment orders. Expert’s report proved that relations between the two parties are in line with terms of the signed contracts, contrary to claims of both parties. He reiterated the report concluded the plaintiff owes the defendant KD 90,000.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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