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Kuwaiti citizen acquitted of insulting police officer


KUWAIT CITY, April 20: The Court of Appeals overturned the ruling of the First Instance Court that imposed prison sentence on a citizen for humiliating a police officer, resulting in the citizen’s acquittal. Attorney Abdul-Aziz Al-Subeie, who represented the citizen in court, asserted the charges against his client were malicious as the police officer issued a traffic citation without legal basis. He added the Public Prosecution did not present evidence showing his client is guilty. Al-Subeie stressed all the pieces of evidence presented in court were vague and suspicious, so he demanded for acquittal of his client.

‘Not negligent’: The Court of Appeals upheld the verdict of the First Instance Court which acquitted a restaurant manager at the Avenues Mall of unintentionally causing fire due to his negligence. Lawyer for the manager, Attorney Ali Al-Wawan pointed out in court that the official report from Kuwait Fire Service Directorate ruled out the possibility of negligence as cause of fire. He also argued that findings of the investigation team were inconclusive. Al-Wawan added the Public Prosecution did not provide any substantial evidence that his client caused the fire.

Defaulters mount: Accumulation of personal loans has resulted in increase of litigations, lawsuits, travel bans and arrest orders, as more than 50,000 Kuwaitis have defaulted in payment of these loans, reports Al-Shahed daily. Banks and financial companies have filed lawsuits against 50,000 Kuwaitis, representing 20 percent of the total 350,000 Kuwaiti loanees. About 26,000 summonses were issued and many defaulters have been placed in the travel-ban list. Sources said the total number of people who took loans including expatriates is around 700,000; and they took out about 950,000 loans worth a total of KD 11.3 billion, out of which KD 1.4 billion was taken as consumer loans.

Cheating in exams: The Ministry of Education is keen on stopping cheating in exams by taking certain procedures, reports Al-Rai daily quoting Undersecretary Dr Haitham Al-Athari. Al-Athari affirmed the ministry will take regular and electronic procedures in order to combat all forms of cheating including those done electronically. He disclosed the ministry will use ‘jammer’ devices for this purpose. About the approval of the Ministry of Health for using such devices, Al-Athari asserted it is unnecessary because ‘jammers’ are used in the National Assembly and many other places as well as sold in markets so it means they are safe. Al-Athari pointed out that synchronizing the start of final examinations will not cause overload on the central control of the ministry as there are enough teachers to correct the exam papers.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies

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