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Tuesday , November 24 2020

Mother, son acquitted in drugs case

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 30: The Court of Appeals upheld the decision of the First Instance Court that acquitted a Kuwaiti man and his mother of possessing hashish, heroin and intoxicants for personal consumption and trading. Case files indicate the mother and son were arrested while they were on their way to the live stock pen. After the officers noticed the vehicle transporting the suspects moved back in a suspicious manner, they signaled the driver to pull over. When the officers checked the security records of the suspects, they discovered the man is wanted by law for an undisclosed case. The officers also found narcotics and drug paraphernalia in the car. Lawyer for the accused, Inaam Haidar, argued that the arrest and search procedures were illegal, hence, all the consequent actions are illegal. She pointed out that being in an abnormal condition is not tantamount to catching the suspects in the act of consuming drugs. She then demanded the acquittal of her clients due to the absence of incriminating evidence.

Ruling on Nov 14: The Court of Appeals postponed until Nov 14, 2016 the announcement of its verdict on the State Security case involving a Twitter user known as, ‘Abu Asim’, and several other citizens accused of repeating the infamous speech of Mussallam Al-Barrak. In a previous session, all the accused appeared before the judiciary and admitted to repeating the infamous speech, but they all denied to having uttered words deemed offensive to the entity of HH the Amir.

‘Modify status’: The Civil- Commercial Circuit of the Court of First Instance ordered the Central System for Remedying Status of Illegal Residents (CSRSIR) to modify the status of a young girl from Eritrean to Bedoun. In a lawsuit filed by the plaintiff counsel Lawyer Bashayer Jafar, he explained that the defendant was born a Bedoun in 1969 and he married a Kuwaiti woman. Together they had a baby girl on 4/6/2003. The Executive Committee at the CSRSIR had issued the girl with a Kuwaiti birth certificate and a Bedoun card. However, when the defendant obtained Eritrean citizenship, he filled the space for nationality on her birth certificate as Eritrean, which the plaintiff cancelled and returned the girl’s passport to the Eritrean Embassy. The lawyer clarified that his client did not consider whether her daughter is granted Kuwaiti nationality or otherwise as the reason for rejecting Eritrean nationality.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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