KUWAIT CITY, Nov 7: The Misdemeanor Court sentenced a citizen to six months in prison for swindling a compatriot by claiming that he and his partner have the ability to clear the victim’s name from the blacklist of the Central Bank of Kuwait, while the partner was acquitted. Case files indicate the victim handed over to one of the accused a voucher with all his details but the amount was not specified. The voucher was signed as guarantee for a debt in favor of the two accused as per their agreement. The accused were supposed to pay the agreed amount to a company – lender of the victim, as well as obtain approval from the Central Bank to clear the victim’s name from the blacklist so he can get a loan from a bank and then pay debt of the accused in exchange for an undisclosed amount. However, the victim was surprised when a legal claim emerged as the amount on the signed voucher had been tempered with since the accused betrayed him by attaching the document to the lawsuit. The debt amount refl ected on the voucher was not what they agreed earlier. Attorney Abdulmohsen Al-Qattan, lawyer for the other accused (partner of the citizen), demanded for the acquittal of his client due to suspicions surrounding the allegations, in addition to the absence of incriminating evidence and inconclusive investigation results.
Citizen acquitted: The Misdemeanor Court acquitted a Kuwaiti man and other suspects of alleged possession of illicit drugs and intoxicant for consumption and sale. The lawsuit filed by the Public Prosecution Department revealed that detectives received a tip off about the first suspect having illicit drugs and intoxicant inside his car and house for consumption and sale purposes. Upon his arrest, the prosecution officer recovered illicit drugs and firearm, which he claimed belonged to the second suspect. While searching the residence of the first suspect, the fourth suspect attacked the officers and prompted the officers to search him during which they found some drugs. The fourth defendant confessed obtaining narcotics from the third defendant, so the officers went ahead and searched the second and third suspects’ homes and found drugs. In defense of the second suspect, Lawyer Abdul-Rahman Muna implored the court to dismiss the case as he faulted procedures leading to search and arrest of the defendants. The court considered the submission given that the officers had acted before obtaining necessary warrant. It acquitted the first, second and third defendants, fined the first defendant KD 3000 for the possession firearm and bullets, and refrained from pronouncing penalty for the possession of illicit drugs and intoxicants.
By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff