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Municipality ordered to pay staffer cash, monthly stipend

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 28: The Court of Appeals chaired by Judge Bader Al-Mutairi upheld the verdict of First Instance Court that ordered Kuwait Municipality to pay KD 24,000 to an employee, in addition to monthly allowance of KD 235. Attorney of the plaintiff lawyer Dr Jarallah Al-Marri sued the Municipality and its director general as joint defendants, urging the court to compel them to refund entitlements retroactive from Jan 6, 2001. He explained the entitlements cover allowances for feeding, shift, remote locations etc. Based on the calculation of experts, the lower court affirmed that the plaintiff was entitled to KD 235 monthly from Dec 18, 2007 until Dec 18, 2012, which adds up to KD 24,000. Also, the court approved continued monthly payment of KD 235 in favor of the plaintiff.

Man acquitted: The Criminal Court presided over by Judge Ibrahim Al-Abed acquitted a Kuwaiti citizen who was accused of possessing hashish for the purpose of consumption and driving recklessly in Hawally area under narcotic influence. According to the case file, a corporal officer of Ministry of Interior spotted the suspect driving his car recklessly and ordered him to pull over. When the officer wanted to issue a citation against the motorist and asked the suspect for his papers but the latter could not present any. When the officer realized that the suspect is in a disoriented state, he ordered the latter to step out of the vehicle and searched him to find two cigarettes rolled with hashish During the court session, Lawyer Abdulaziz Al-Khureimi, who represented the citizen, insisted that the search-and-arrest procedures carried out on his client were invalid because the officer did not obtain a permit from the Public Prosecution for that purpose. He also said the suspect’s confession at the Public Prosecution cannot be accepted because of the invalid search-and-arrest procedures.

Verdict upheld: Administrative Circuit at the Court of Appeals upheld verdict of the First Instance Court, which reinstated a female investigator to her position at the General Investigations Department, upheld her financial rights, and ordered the Interior Ministry to pay her full financial dues. Case files indicated the female investigator was fired on moral ground basis, which investigations later revealed to be false and fabricated by one of the detective officers who conspired with another person. Representing the investigator, Attorney Muhammad Al-Ansari argued the detectives took advantage of their positions to harm the female investigator, indicating she was fired upon false and fabricated allegations. Attorney Al-Ansari affirmed that his client’s dismissal was on moral grounds and that the allegation was not backed by any substantial evidence, while his client received the termination letter during official vacation outside the country. He confirmed the case filed against the detective and his accomplice is with the criminal courts

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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