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Kuwaiti citizen acquitted of using drugs & violating signal

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 24: The Court of Appeals upheld the verdict issued by the Court of First Instance which acquitted a Kuwaiti citizen who was accused of possessing brain stimulants — methamphetamine — for use, driving under narcotic infl uence and crossing red traffic light. According to the case file, the arresting officer saw the suspect’s vehicle cross a red signal, followed it and asked the driver to pull over. When he asked the driver for his civil ID, the latter revealed that he did not carry any identification document. Noticing his disoriented state, the officer searched the vehicle and found the abovementioned drug. He arrested the suspect and referred him to Drugs Control General Department. Lawyer Ismat Al-Kharboutli had represented the citizen in the court.

From life term …: The Court of Appeals overturned the verdict of a lower court which sentenced a man to life imprisonment for smuggling 100 kilograms of hashish aboard a vessel from Iran, reports Al-Anba daily. The court instead acquitted him due to lack of evidences. Even though the drugs were seized in bags inside a cargo of apples onboard the vessel, the arresting officer denied seeing the suspect among others. The case papers were also void of any evidences to prove his involvement.

‘Pay alimony’: The Family Court in Capital Governorate ordered a Kuwaiti man to pay his estranged wife KD 10,000 to cover the total sum of her expenditure (alimony). In a lawsuit filed by lawyer Nuha Al-Rees on behalf of the plaintiff, she said her client was married to the defendant for over 25 years and blessed with six children. She explained that the man stopped spending on the woman and the children and drove them out of the matrimonial home at the time the case was filed. She stated the man is financially stable, and the couple equally own the house. Therefore, the court asked for medical certificate to prove that the man is suffering from nervous breakdown, which could have made him become addicted to drugs. It was the outcome of various investigations that made the court to decide that the man should be responsible for all expenses covering accommodation, furniture, car and housemaid in arrears. He was then ordered pay KD 10,000 in alimony to the woman.

Case dismissed: The Court of Appeals cancelled the verdict issued by the Court of First Instance which obligated a Kuwaiti man to pay KD 41,000 to each of his six sisters. The court instead dismissed the case. The sisters had filed a case against their brother, stating that their father left behind a house after he died and their brother took control of the house immediately after. He occupied the first fl oor of the house and benefitted from the facilities even though they are also heirs like him. During the court session, the defense counsel Lawyer Abdulmohsen Al- Qattan said the case file does not have any evidences to prove the benefits his client obtained, stressing that he started living in the house due to his right as an heir of his father. He said the lawsuit did not include anything to prove that his client prevented his sisters from obtaining their share in the house.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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