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Municipality asked to pay in real estate row

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 6: The Court of Cassation has rejected an appeal filed by the director general of Kuwait Municipality against the ruling of the Court of Appeals which ordered the Municipality to pay KD 364,000 compensation to the landlords of an old building. Case files indicate that the landlords filed a lawsuit against the Municipality, its Expropriation for Public Welfare Department and Finance Ministry, through their lawyer Attorney Misfer Al-Ajmi demanding establishment of their ownership of a real estate property and compensation of its value. In his presentation, Al-Ajmi told the court that the father of the landlords bought the real estate in question in 1966. However, they were surprised when the Municipality issued a description of their real estate property which showed part of their father’s property is on State land and the other is on plots allocated to other people. Al-Ajmi pleaded to the court to establish the ownership of the real estate in question to the heirs and compensate them. The Court of Appeals then ordered the defendants to pay KD 364,000 to the plaintiffs.

Man acquitted …: The Criminal Court acquitted a man of driving under the influence of intoxicant after he was caught in possession of illicit drug Amphetamine meant for consumption. The case file indicated the prosecution officer was on duty when he received a call from the Operations Room saying a car had been parked in a suspicious location at the desert region. The officer headed straight to find the location and found the suspect in a disoriented state, noting the latter brought out a handkerchief containing the illicit substance when the former requested his identification documents. A plastic bag containing Amphetamine pills was recovered in a further search inside the vehicle. Lawyer Bashar Al-Nassar in his defense declared that his client denied both allegations. He explained that his client went on a hunting expedition during which his car developed a fault, so he notified the Operations Room for assistance and he was fully composed and alert. He insisted the illicit drugs did not belong to his client, and faulted the procedures leading to search and arrest of his client. He quoted Article 44 of the criminal code and prosecutions stipulating that security operatives should secure necessary warrants before searching or arresting a suspect.

Jail to acquittal: The Court of Cassation has overruled the verdict issued by the Court of First Instance which sentenced a Kuwaiti woman to three-year imprisonment with hard labor. The court instead acquitted her from charges of betraying trust and expropriating money belonging to her late father in Iranian banks. The Public Prosecution charged the woman of seizing the money that belonged to the heirs of her father. She was entrusted, through an official Power of Attorney issued by the heirs, to withdraw all the money of her late father in Iranian banks; however, she kept the money for herself. The counsel to the heirs said the woman was also authorized to sell the deceased’s house in Iran and transfer the proceeds to Kuwait in order to distribute them to the heirs but she expropriated the money. Lawyer Abdulmohsen Al-Qattan, who was representing the woman, affirmed his client was unjustly convicted, adding the verdict should be invalidated because the Kuwaiti courts have no jurisdiction to rule on that case, besides the wrong application of the law.

Artist sued: A police officer filed a lawsuit against a female artist, accusing her of taking a video of him when he confronted her for parking at a spot designated for the disabled. The artist also insulted him and uploaded the video on a social networking site. Meanwhile, the detention renewal judge has ordered the release on bail of a citizen accused of defrauding a disabled woman the sum of KD 25,000.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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