KD 3 million bail each frees ‘embezzlers

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 6: The Criminal Court presided over by Judge Mit’eb Al-Ardi has decided to release the three suspects involved in the scandal of the “ports funds” embezzlement on KD 3 million bail each. The court ordered concerned authorities to impose travel ban on them. Earlier, the court refused to release on bail the suspects; two citizens and a Russian accused of embezzling KD 21 million from the public fund through the Kuwait & Gulf Link Investment (KGL). Police officers from the Criminal Investigation Department arrested the Board Chairperson of KGL Saeed Dashti and his deputy Marsha Lazarifa for committing financial fraud. The case started when the former Minister of Transportation Essa Al-Kandari notified the Public Prosecutor on Oct 21, 2015 about money, which was directly disbursed to the company from the revenue account of a local bank in violation of laws governing such activities. Currently, the two suspects are in the Central Jail for embezzling public funds under Case No. is 1942/2015 documents. Meanwhile, the Criminal Court has issued five years imprisonment sentence with hard labor against a blogger known as Abdullah Al-Saleh who was accused of offending the United Arab Emirates and its leaders. The case was filed against Al-Saleh by Attorney Hussein Al-Osfoor on behalf of one of the Emirati nationals. Also, the Detention Renewal Judge renewed the bail of a Syrian national accused of obtaining the Kuwait citizenship in a fraudulent manner. The judge has set the bail fee at KD 200. Representing the accused was Attorney Ali Al-Osfoor.

Comp withheld: The Court of Cassation has suspended the execution of a judgment passed by the Court of Appeals, which ordered the payment of KD 30,000 in compensation to a Kuwaiti man for government’s failure to prevent the bombing of Imam Ja’afar Al-Sadeq Mosque. The Court of Appeals faulted the decision of the Court of First Instance that exonerated the government of the incident, saying the explosion was an unforeseeable circumstance that prevented the government from fulfilling duty. The appellate court indicated the Prime Minister should have discussed with the Minister of Interior to take the responsibility of setting down security plans. It concluded by awarding KD 30,000 to the plaintiff to cover the cost of treatment he received overseas.

Case dismissed: The Family Court dismissed a case filed by a young man against his father in demand for payment of KD 7,000 by the latter for renting and furnishing a house, buying a car and paying salary to the driver. The plaintiff reasoned that he is unable to earn money as he is still studying in school. During the court session, the father’s counsel Lawyer Abdulrahman Al-Watari stressed that his client is doing his best to cover the expenses of his son who is living with his former wife in the house his client rented for them. He revealed that his client does not have varied sources of income and totally depends on his salary, which is hardly enough to cover the expenses and loans. Lawyer Al-Watari indicated that some final verdicts were issued for the favor of his client due to which it is illegal to issue verdict in this regard again.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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