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Kuwaiti acquitted of possessing firearms

Egyptians absolved in drugs case

KUWAIT CITY, June 17: The Court of Appeals upheld the verdict issued by the Court of First Instance, which acquitted a Kuwaiti man of alleged possession of unlicensed firearms. The defense counsel Lawyer Thamer Al-Azmi explained that security operatives were on a routine patrol of Bneid Al-Gar area when they suspected his client and his friend who were sitting inside a car because they appeared to be in a disoriented state. He went on to explain that his client and his friend were accused of behaving in a jittery manner and having difficulty in speaking clearly. This prompted the officers to search the duo after verifying their civil ID. In the course of search, the officers found hunting gun inside the car. The duo was in possession of capsules considered to be illicit drugs and his client’s friend was caught in possession of an electronic cigarette. However, Lawyer Al-Azmi, who is from Abdulmohsen Al-Qattan Law Firm, faulted the procedures followed for searching and arresting his client. He accused the officers of wrongdoing in searching the car of his client without obtaining any warrant. He stressed that there was no reason for suspecting his client, and he urged the court to strike out the case.

Verdict nullified: The Court of Appeals nullified the verdict of the Court of First Instance which sentenced four Egyptians to four years in prison with hard labor for trading in drugs including Tramadol and methamphetamine, leading to the acquittal of the accused. According to the case file, the Public Prosecution charged the suspects with smuggling of drugs for personal consumption and trading. One of the suspects purportedly smuggled the drugs, another had in his possession an undisclosed quantity of hashish for personal consumption, one was accused of smuggling Tramadol and methamphetamine, and the other had in his possession some drugs and hashish. Lawyer for one of the suspects, Attorney En’am Haider, questioned the arrest procedures which resulted in the detention of her client. She argued the warrant used to arrest her client was faulty because it ordered searching the suspect, his apartment and whoever was caught with him. She also pointed out inconsistencies in the investigation.

Appeal rejected: The Court of Cassation has rejected the appeal made by a journalist against the sentence issued by the Court of Appeals which sentenced him to six months in prison for using words deemed offensive to the late Saudi King Abdullah Abdulaziz Al Saud. The Public Prosecution charged the journalist with conducting hostile acts in a public forum by using his personal Twitter account against a friendly country without the permission of his government, something that could jeopardize relations between the two countries

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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