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Iraqi jailed for trespassing, raping minor girl

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 4: The Misdemeanor Circle of the Court of First Instance sentenced an Iraqi man to ten-year imprisonment with hard labor for trespassing into the house of a minor girl in the night and raping her.

The court also fined the victim’s father and two siblings KD50 each for physically assaulting the suspect, and acquitted another sibling of the victim for attempting to rape the suspect in front of neighbors in order to teach him a lesson. According to the case file, the man allegedly raped the 11-year-old girl without force, trick or threat, but had entered the residence without the permission of her father.

When the father and siblings caught him, they physically attacked him to the extent that he sustained wounds throughout his body. The defense counsel to the third sibling of the victim, Lawyer Mohammad Saqer disputed allegation against his client, insisting that the allegation was fraught with concoction of lies and vexatious attempt to implicate him. He stressed that the documents presented could not prove the allegation, which he regarded as unreasonable.

Man acquitted: The Court of Appeals upheld the verdict issued by the Court of First Instance which acquitted a Kuwaiti citizen who was accused of smuggling liquor by hiding them in a shipment of iron coils. According to the testimony of two employees of the General Customs Department, they were searching a shipment of iron coils that came from the United Arab Emirates when they found 3,216 “Red Label” liquor bottles. They discovered that the cargo was under the name of a general trading and contracting company. The defense counsel Lawyer Turki Al-Turki said the investigations are based on nothing more than the opinions of those two employees and there were no evidences to back those opinions. He stressed that the witnesses were not able to identify the importer but had just claimed that they found the liquor bottles hidden in the shipment that came from the United Arab Emirates.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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