Ministry’s decision cancelled, student to get KD 3,000 compensation – Court acquits 3 of possessing drug pills

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 27: The Court of First Instance presided over by Judge Ahmad Al-Daihan canceled the decision issued by the Undersecretary of Ministry of Higher Education and President of Kuwait University to dismiss a student of a higher studies program in Kuwait University. The court instead obligated the ministry to pay compensation worth KD 3,000 to the plaintiff. During the court session, the plaintiff counsel Attorney Ali Al-Ali explained that his client was a teacher in Ministry of Education when he was accepted as a student for the masters’ degree program. However, he was surprised when a decision was issued to dismiss him from the course even though he had submitted his thesis to the director of the program, who unfortunately did not refer the thesis to the supervision commission to set a date for discussion. Attorney Al-Ali insisted that his client should not be held responsible for any delay, adding that he had submitted a complaint with the concerned department but the latter did not take any necessary action regarding the complaint due to which he decided to file a petition against the ministry’s decision.

3 acquitted in drug case: The Criminal Court chaired by Judge Ahmad Al-Yaseen acquitted two citizens and a Syrian of possessing narcotic pills for consumption purpose in Fintas area. According to the testimony of the officer who arrested the suspects, he was patrolling parts of Fintas area when he spotted the mark of an accident on the suspects’ vehicle. As he came closer, he discovered that people onboard the car were intoxicated. He went ahead and conducted the precautionary search on them and found narcotic pills with drug tools. Representing the first accused, Attorney Muhammad Fahad Al-Mutairi faulted the police action of conducting a search on his client without legal justification, as he did not have any legal document allowing the search and arrest his client.

40-months jail quashed: The Appeals Court canceled 40 months imprisonment sentence with hard labor and KD 1,000 fine slapped on a citizen by the Court of First Instance on charges of drug consumption, and refrained from announcing a penalty against him. The Public Prosecution accused the suspect of possessing hashish and other narcotic substances, including amphetamine, without having legal or medical license for that purpose. Case files indicate the officer that made the arrest was on regular duty when he came across the citizen. He discovered the citizen was under influence of a substance as he approached him for checking. He went ahead to conduct a search in the vehicle and recovered the contraband. The defense attorney proved in court that the inspection procedure that led to his client’s arrest was illegal, indicating the officer had no warrant to search the car based on mere suspicions over the suspect’s state of mind.

Custody of girl granted to dad: The Personal Status Court, presided over by Judge Talal Al-Sinan, has withdrawn the decision granting custody of a daughter to the mother and gave it to the father. This came after the mother relinquished her custody of another daughter because she suffered from psychological problems, proving the mother lacks the ability to take care of both daughters. Representing the father was Attorney Khaled Mubarak Al-Mutairi who told the court that his client got married to the defendant and they were blessed with two daughters, one of them remained under her (defendant) custody as per the court order because the other one had psychological problems. Al-Mutairi argued the mother could harm the daughter who is under her custody and given that she chose to separate the sisters due to the medical condition of one of them, the court should grant custody of the other daughter to the father since the medical report has also proven that she is suffering from psychological challenges as well. The lawyer pointed out that even the witnesses said the mother is incapable of providing proper care for the other daughter, so it is for the welfare of both daughters to be under the custody of the father.

KD 10,000 in alimony: The Court of First Instance presided over by Judge Tamer Mubashir obliged a citizen to pay KD 10,000 in alimony, expenditure and legal fees to his ex-wife. Attorney Mohammed Al-Qattan explained that the defendant was married to the plaintiff through a legal contract based on KD 20,000 dowry agreement, of which the defendant paid KD 10,000 and postponed payment of the remaining sum.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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