Friday , September 21 2018

Mandoub’s 1-yr jail term with hard labor quashed – Iraqi acquitted in drug case

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 10: The Court of Appeals nullified the verdict of the Court of First Instance that sentenced an Egyptian company representative (mandoub) in absentia to one year imprisonment with hard labor over alleged breach of trust and embezzlement of KD 3,000.

The appellate court acquitted the defendant. The case file indicated the defendant allegedly collected the money on behalf of the company and kept it for personal use instead of remitting the sum to the company’s bank account. He is said to have declined several phone calls to his mobile before the company’s account was checked to verify the payment.

In his defense, Attorney Zaid Al-Khabaz argued that his client was innocent and wrongly accused. He said documents presented could not prove that his client actually received the money. He observed the complainants would not have waited for over 35 days before lodging a complaint if it was a genuine case, affirming the case was a malicious attempt to get at his client.

Meanwhile, the Criminal Court acquitted an Iraqi expatriate who was accused of possessing drugs. According to the case file, securitymen arrested the expatriate in Maidan Hawally after checking his vehicle and finding drugs under the spare tire. During interrogations, the defendant denied all accusations but he was detained at Central Prison. During the court session, the defense counsel Lawyer Mohammad Safar stressed the lack of justifications to imprison his client, especially since there is very less possibility that the latter will flee from the country. He said the procedures followed by securitymen for searching and arresting his client were illegal due to the absence of a warrant from the Public Prosecution.

Case dropped against ex-MP: Former Chairman of the Supreme Judicial Committee Judge Faisal Al-Murshid dropped the defamation charges he had pressed against former MP Musallam Al-Barrak, reports Al-Rai daily. He said he dropped the case and forgave Al-Barrak with the aim of promoting the culture of tolerance, love and intimacy within the society.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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