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KUWAIT CITY, Jan 25: The Criminal Court, presided over by Judge Abdullah Al- Othman, sentenced to prison some Kuwaiti citizens who are accused of seizing, kidnapping and torturing their sister for more than nine years, forging official and bank documents, and forcing the victim to sign concessions of her share in the inheritance. The court sentenced the victim’s half-brother and her ex-husband to ten-year imprisonment each, her brother and sister to seven-year imprisonment each, refrained from punishing two other sisters of the victim, imposed a fine of KD 5,000 each on all defendants, and obligated them to pay temporary civil compensation worth KD 5,001 to the victim.
Lawyer Mona Al-Arbash, the counsel representing the victim, said, “We preferred silence since the beginning of the investigations in order to preserve the confidentiality and privacy of my client. We value the justice of the court to show fairness towards my client who has suffered injustice from the people closest to her.” According to the case file, the housemaid had reported that the victim was being detained in a cell-like room following disputes with her family. The maid informed one of the lawyers about the incident, and the lawyer submitted a report to the Public Prosecution on what the woman had been exposed to. The Public Prosecution immediately commissioned the Ministry of Interior to investigate.
After confirming the incident, the prosecution obtained permission to raid the house, liberate the girl, arrest her brothers and sisters, initiate a criminal case against them, and coordinate with the competent authorities to provide her a home. The victim stated in her testimony that her father put her in the basement of the house after her divorce because he categorically rejected the idea of her separation in an independent residence, prevented her from communicating with the outside world and did not allow her son to enter the basement to play with her or for her to help him study. The brothers and sisters denied the charges related to the detention of their sister and their participation in this crime, claiming that they did not know about their sister’s detention. By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff