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KUWAIT CITY, Nov 1: The Court of Appeals overturned the verdict of a lower court and set a Kuwaiti free who was charged by the Public Prosecution of possessing drugs for consumption. The lower court had earlier sentenced the man to five years imprisonment with hard labor and immediate execution of the verdict. This is in addition to pay KD 2,000 fine. Court papers show the Public Prosecution accused the defendant of possessing drugs for personal consumption. The Court of First Instance found the man guilty and fined him KD 2,000 and put him behind bars for five years. Defense Attorney Turqi Al-Otaibi cited faulty search and arrest procedures and he told the court the arrest of his client in itself was a violation of the law.
5-years jail for man: The Court of Appeals upheld the verdict of a lower court, and sentenced a Kuwaiti to five years imprisonment in absentia with hard labor and immediate execution of the sentence. The man was found guilty of erecting placards at his home with inscriptions regarded offensive to HH the Amir and also carrying the same on his car. In other news, the Criminal Court has set Nov 22 to hear a lawsuit filed by the State Security against an Egyptian for writing on Twitter phrases deemed offensive to HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad and HH the late Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad. The court alleged the man published pictures of Saddam Hussein eulogizing him to hurt the feelings of Kuwaitis. The defendant denied the allegation saying his Twitter account had been hacked. However, investigations revealed the account was not hacked. Interrogators found out he posted the statement thinking he would be deported without being charged by a court and avoid charges of financial fraud and debt.
Duo not guilty: The Court of First Instance presided over by Justice Faisal Mohammad Al-Askari has acquitted two Kuwaitis of the charge of possessing narcotics – hashish and Tramadol – and driving under the influence of drugs. Case papers indicate the suspects were ordered to stop for committing a traffic violation and when the officer was issuing a citation, he saw a suspicious looking pack of cigarettes. He then inspected the car and found the narcotics. The defence attorney said his clients are innocent and pointed to the faulty search and arrest procedures.
By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff