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Inmate acquitted of drug peddling

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Life in jail overturned

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 12: The Court of Appeals upheld the verdict that acquitted an inmate in the Central Prison of possessing heroin with the intent of using it, and of smuggling it into prison in violation of the laws and regulations that govern prisons. The Public Prosecution had charged the inmate with possessing a narcotic substance (heroin) with intent to abuse, after he was sent to prison to serve a sentence of three years and three months for a drug felony case, and a life sentence for a drug trafficking case.

According to the case file, the warden of the Central Prison testified that he was doing his job of observing the inmates when he saw the accused leaving the prison hospital. On his way to the wing where he was staying, he stopped, waved his hand, and approached him. The warden saw a box with the inmate and checked it to find a nail clipper, and a poster with a beige substance in it. During the court session, lawyer Enam Haider highlighted “the prevalence of the accusation and the absence of the accused’s connection to the seized contraband”. She affirmed that the prosecution documents were void of witnesses, apart from the statement of the officer. By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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