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Husband gets custody of girl – Real estate firm ‘fined’

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KUWAIT CITY, March 5: The Family Court dismissed the main lawsuit filed by a woman who demanded the court to order her ex-husband to be responsible for expenses and house rent of her four daughters, while the same court granted the estranged husband custody of one of the four girls in the secondary lawsuit. In the main lawsuit, the woman asked the court to grant her custody of the girls while the ex-husband bears upkeep expenses and house rent. However, Attorney Mubarak Al- Khashab, lawyer for the brother of the husband, requested the court to suspend hearing on the main case until the court decided on the paternity issue concerning the children and his sick brother for whom he stood in. After the court received result of an investigation indicating that the husband did not father three of the girls, Al-Khashab filed a secondary lawsuit to enable his client to have custody of the only daughter of his brother without being responsible for any family upkeep and house rent for the others. The court ruled in his favor and the man got custody of the only girl whose paternity was traced to the family.

Real estate firm fined: The Commercial Section in the First Instance Court ordered a real estate company to pay KD 150,000 – the price of a plot in Istanbul – and KD 5,000 compensation to a Kuwaiti woman. Attorney Ali Al-Ali filed the lawsuit on behalf of the citizen, pointing out that his client bought a plot measuring 135 square meters from the company for KD 300,000. He said the company received the full amount but it did not register the contract. He added this caused financial and moral damages to his client considering she was deprived of a chance to invest her money in another project.

Missing files case: The Court of Appeals adjourned until April 3 the hearing on the missing files case of TMAS Company in which six lawyers, two secretaries and five representatives of lawyers’ offices are involved. Case files indicate that the Court of Appeals cancelled the verdict issued by the Criminal Court. It then sentenced 14 expatriate employees of TMAS Real Estate Company and other relevant companies to jail ranging from five to 10 years and imposed a total fine of KD2 million over allegations of real estate swindling and money laundering. The court also upheld the decision of the Public Prosecution to freeze the money of the companies involved, including that of one suspect – the executive director of TMAS. The Criminal Court previously sentenced this suspect to two-year imprisonment and imposed a fine of KD100,000, sentenced two other suspects to one year imprisonment, imposed a fine of KD50,000 on another and acquitted 16 others. The prosecution charged the suspects with money laundering, as they acquired money through illegal methods such as swindling by using real estate properties and deposited the collected amount of about KD109 million in their bank accounts before transferring the money to the bank account of the company’s executive director. They deceived the victims by saying the company has outstanding investments in real estate properties in Turkey and United Arab Emirates, and collected their money after persuading them to invest in real estate projects.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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