Officer, co-workers accused of torturing man, his friends

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 21: Lawyer Faisal Mohammad Al-Otaibi submitted formal complaint to the Prosecutor General against a detective officer of a police station and his subordinates for using force against an Egyptian expatriate and his friends. The lawyer alleged the officers arrested his client (the Egyptian) inside a money exchange shop alongside his friends, without legitimate reason for the action. The officers searched the plaintiffs and didn’t find anything incriminating on them. However, they took them to the police station and subjected them to torture to ensure they lie against themselves under duress. The officers later took his client to his residence and searched the place without prior warrant, which amounts to abuse of authority. He accused the officers of carting away a machine, computer and specific sum his client was planning to send home and to pay his rent.

Citizen acquitted: The Criminal Court acquitted a Kuwaiti citizen (the second defendant) who was accused of hitting another citizen (the first defendant). The court sentenced the first defendant to twoyear imprisonment with hard labor. It then referred the case to the civil division. According to the case file, the second defendant explained that he was visiting his relatives in Ardiya on May 31, 2014 when the first defendant attacked him with a knife which led to injuries on his chest and shoulder. Investigations carried out by the incharge officer revealed that the first defendant was responsible for the injuries sustained by the second defendant and that the knife was first held by the second defendant and he first hit the first defendant but the latter took the knife from him and attacked him. During the court session, the counsel to the second defendant Lawyer Bashar Al-Nasser requested for the acquittal of his client and payment of KD 5,001 as compensation. He insisted that the accusations launched against his client are malicious, pointing out the criminal history of the first defendant who was involved in similar cases in the past. Indicating that the injuries on the first defendant are minor while the injuries on his client are several and deep, he hinted that the first defendant deliberately injured himself with the aim of manipulating the legal system in order to blame his client. Lawyer Al-Nasser said it is strange that the injuries on his client’s body are so deep and numerous when he was the one holding the knife, stressing that the first defendant claimed his client injured him in the back but the medical report did not mention about any injuries on his back. He indicated that even the witness brought by the counsel of the first defendant testified that the first defendant was the one to hit his client.

Request rejected: The Civil Division of the Court of Cassation rejected request for suspension of execution of the verdict issued by the Court of Appeals to nullify the invitation for convening the board of directors of Educational Holding Group on July 5, 2015 for a meeting and nullify all the decisions that were taken during that meeting such as removal of Sulaiman Al-Waqyan from his position as the board chairman. The Court of Appeals had previously cancelled the verdict issued by the Court of First Instance over the case filed by Lawyer Hashim Al- Rifai on behalf of Al-Waqyan in a dispute with Yousef Al Awadhi, Arif Al-Yasin and the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce. The court instead ordered to nullify the convention of the board of directors of the company for the meeting in addition to all the decisions taken during that meeting, considering it as a “non-event”. Through the case, Al-Waqyan had demanded stopping the execution of the decision taken by the board of directors of the company to remove him from chairmanship of the board and he also demanded invalidation of the invitation to convene the meeting and the results of that meeting.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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