Jail for ex-govt officials in forgery – US man acquitted in drugs case

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 31: The Criminal Court has sentenced the former Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health to two years imprisonment with hard labor, reports Al-Jarida daily. He is convicted of forging a university certificate from the Arab Republic of Egypt for his son. Meanwhile, the Court of Appeals has overturned the verdict of the lower court which had sentenced a US citizen to five years imprisonment and fined him 1,200 dinars, reports Al-Anba daily. The Appeals Court has acquitted the man of the charges of possessing, trafficking and consuming psychotropic substances. Defense attorney Asil Saif said her client was acquitted after the investigations were declared null and void because the accused said he was not good in Arabic and no interpreter was provided for him during the interrogations.

Polluting environment: The Criminal Court issued three verdicts over the past two months against seven people who were found guilty of polluting the environment, reports Al-Rai daily. The seven included drivers of sewage tanks, trucks carrying debris and managers of companies who have contributed in the pollution of soil and sea. The sentences ranged from three years imprisonment to a 20,000 dinars fine for each of the accused, while the Environment Public Authority has demanded 15 million dinars for damages.

Al-Rifai charged: The Public Prosecution Department charged Al-Rifai for insulting the Shiite sect based on complaints filed by the Interior Ministry and some lawyers, reports Al-Jarida daily. The court concluded the action of Al-Rifai is in violation of the law and issued a verdict against him in absentia since he is out of the country. However, he has the right to appeal the verdict upon his return from abroad.

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