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Kuwaiti acquitted of documents forgery

KUWAIT CITY, April 2: The Court of Appeals upheld the verdict issued by the Court of First Instance which acquitted a Kuwaiti citizen who was accused of forging a certificate and obtaining equivalency for the fake certificate from Ministry of Education.

The Public Prosecution had charged the citizen with obtaining the fake certificate and equivalency for that certificate from Ministry of Education. According to the case file, the citizen had asked his father to go to an employee of the ministry for equivalency of the certificate he had forged. He gave false information to his father but the latter was not aware that the information was incorrect. The father signed a document stating that the information are correct based on which the relevant employee issued the equivalency. The Public Prosecution also charged the citizen with forgery of an official document with the cooperation of others. During the court session, Lawyer Abdulmohsen Al-Qattan said the case file contains no evidences to back the allegations against his client, adding that his client insisted that the certificate he presented to the ministerial employee via his father was genuine.

Hearing adjourned: The Court of Appeals adjourned to April 29 the case filed against 13 individuals who were accused of providing shelter to the convicts of the Abdali Cell case and intelligence in their favor. The case was adjourned in order for the arresting officer to attend the court session. Earlier, the court had sentenced the first defendant “Al-Matouk” and the second defendant to fiveyear imprisonment each with hard labor and immediate execution of the verdict, and the remaining 11 defendants to three-year imprisonment each. All of them were to be placed under police observation for a period of five years after completing the sentence. The Public Prosecution had charged these individuals with hiding wanted individuals, being members of a banned organization and providing intelligence.

From jail to fine: The Court of Appeals presided over by Judge Salem Al-Heid has overturned the verdict issued by the Court of First Instance, which sentenced a GCC national who works as a supervisor at Kuwait Airways Corporation to seven-year imprisonment, imposed a fine of KD 126,000, and ordered termination from his position. The court instead imposed a fine of KD 3,000. According to the case file, the defendant was standing trial for embezzling KD 63,000 proceeds of ticket sale and forging tickets for some people without the knowledge of the concerned officials

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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