KUWAIT CITY, Aug 27: The Court of Appeals overturned the First Instance Court’s verdict that sentenced a truck driver and alleged narcotic peddler to life in prison, and instead acquitted them of smuggling 140kg of “hashish” from Iraq through Al-Abdali border.
Representing the truck driver, Attorney Ina’am Haidar argued that charges leveled against her client conflicted with the investigation report. She maintained there was no direct link between her client and the confiscated substance, indicating lack of proof disqualifies her client’s alleged intention of peddling in narcotics.
Poultry banned: Ministry of Commerce and Industry has banned the import of fresh and frozen poultry and all types of poultry products and derivatives from Luxembourg except for eggs that have been thermally treated at 70 degrees Centigrade, reports Al-Rai daily.
Such a decision was taken after reports about the spread of the dangerous H5N8 viral infection in Luxembourg. The ministry also issued another decision No. 517/2017 to ban import of fresh and frozen beef and beef products from four Brazilian meat companies due to suspicions about whether their products are suitable for human consumption.
According to the decision, trading companies that want to import beef products from Brazil have to provide Kuwait Municipality and the Food and Nutrition Department with a certificate to prove that the product is safe for human consumption. A certificate from the Brazilian authorities to declare that the manufacturing company is committed to quality standards must also be presented and which has to be authorized by the Kuwaiti Embassy in Brazil.
Meanwhile, Ministry of Commerce and Industry has lifted the ban imposed on the import of all live poultry, incubation eggs and chicks from Austria and Czech Republic.
Such a decision was taken after confirmation that the abovementioned products do not contain H5N8 virus.
Foodstuff destroyed: Emergency teams from Farwaniya in a recent field tour of Khaitan area that lasted four hours confiscated and destroyed 351.5 kg of spoilt foodstuffs, reports Al-Rai daily.
Public Relations Department at Kuwait Municipality disclosed the teams also issued 10 citations for various violations having to do with laborers employed before obtaining health certificates, sale of expired food, and public hygiene.
Director of Farwaniya Municipality Saeed Al-Azmi stated the tour is part of media campaign titled ‘With your cooperation, we make it beautiful’.
Meanwhile, the Audit and Follow up Department at Hawalli Municipality embarked on a campaign at restaurants and shops in the morning and evening shifts.
Head of department Faleh Al-Otaibi affirmed the campaign resulted in the issuance of 102 violations covering employees without health certificates, sale of expired foodstuffs and violating public hygiene. He said the inspectors destroyed 24 kg of food deemed unsafe for human consumption.
Meanwhile, head of the Department for Lifting Violations at Capital Municipality Ahmed Al-Mutairi stated shifts B and C teams raided restaurants and shops that deal with food, and also followed up enforcement of construction adjustments. He noted the teams destroyed 350kg of table salt whose origin could not be defined and also issued 50 violations and pasted six warning stickers on violating buildings at Shuwaikh Industrial Area.
Meanwhile, the Audit and Follow-up Department at Mubarak Al-Kabeer Municipality recovered 1200kg of food unfit for human consumption. Head of the department Dr Ahmed Al-Juhailan said the emergency team targeted cooperative societies in the governorate and confiscated and destroyed a large quantity of expired olives. He said the campaign covered 170 shops and the team issued 17 violations related to unlicensed advertisements and doing business on expired license.
28 citations issued: Head of the emergency team at Hawally Municipality Reyad Al-Rabee revealed that 28 citations were issued during a campaign launched in Jabriya and Salmiya areas covering shops that deal with food items, reports Al-Qabas daily.
He explained that the violations included employing workers who do not hold a health certificate, occupying areas outside the shop limits and posting advertisements without obtaining necessary license, as well as non-abidance to public hygiene rules.
Al-Rabee said four warnings were also issued during the campaign against occupying state properties.
He affirmed that such campaigns will continue with the aim of applying laws and confronting violations.
Vacationers robbed: People continue to be robbed abroad when they are on vacation, reports Al-Rai daily.
Recently the sister of Hamad Al-Ali, presenter of a well-known program under ‘Hamad pen’ was robbed in Marbella, Spain and the wife of his friend was also robbed.
Al-Ali said robbers broke into the home of his sister and stole the safe containing money and passports and a travel bag full of contents. However, the laptops and watches that were outside the safe were left untouched. Al-Ali said, “A few days ago my friend called me and said the thieves broke into the home of his wife and stole money and jewelry.”
Swindler nabbed: An Egyptian expatriate who is wanted by law for swindling more than KD 5,000 from a number of Egyptian and Asian expatriates was recently arrested, reports Al-Anba daily.
According to security sources, a case was filed against the suspect when he disappeared after taking KD 500 from ten expatriates for transferring their residences. Investigations revealed that he is the son of a Kuwaiti woman, and they tracked his location using this information and discovered he is staying in Farwaniya. They arrested him while he was leaving his residential building.
He was referred to the concerned authorities for necessary legal action.
By Jaber Al-Hamoud
Al-Seyassah Staff and