KUWAIT CITY, July 17: The Court of Appeals upheld the verdict of the Court of First Instance, which sentenced 10 people to three years in prison with hard labor for facilitating the escape of the prime suspect in the Fintas Group case – Hamad Al-Haroun. Al-Haroun was sentenced to 10 years in jail in absentia and he has yet to serve the prison term since he is out of the country until now.
The Public Prosecution accused one of the suspects, identified as M.A., of forging official document to indicate that another suspect, identified as A.H., entered the country on March 29, 2015 but he was actually outside. He used his position as official in charge of document verification to perpetrate the act. Three of the suspects were also accused of conspiring one suspect in committing both crimes while three others were charged with enabling Al-Haroun to evade justice even if they knew he was banned from traveling and a warrant has been issued to arrest him.
MoI to pay comp: The Cassation Court obliged the Interior Ministry to pay KD10,000 compensation to a person accused of involvement in the State security case known as ‘Arifjan Case’ after his acquittal. Details of the case showed that investigations conducted by State security officers unveiled a terrorist plan to bomb Arifjan Camp — the American army base in Kuwait — by parking two booby-trapped trucks in the camp and then blow them up to kill a lot of people. Several suspects were arrested in 2009. They were detained in State security and solitary cells.
They were later put on trial during which the allegations were proven false. Attorney Sultan Al-Mundeel, lawyer for one of the suspects, filed a civil lawsuit against the undersecretary of the ministry. He demanded compensation for the material and moral damages that his client suffered because of the investigations and time spent in prison. The Civil Court approved the demand of Al-Mundeel to grant his client KD10,000 compensation and the verdict was upheld by the Appeals and Cassation courts.
By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff