KUWAIT CITY, Oct 3: The Court of Appeals ordered a private hospital to pay compensation worth KD 10,000 to a Kuwaiti woman for a medical error. Lawyer Mubarak Al-Khashab filed the lawsuit against the hospital on the behalf of the citizen. He requested Court of First Instance for temporary compensation worth KD 5,001, which the court approved. He also asked the court to order the hospital and the insurance company to pay KD 10,000 as compensation. However, the court decided on a compensation of KD 2,000 for the physical damages incurred by her and an additional KD 2,000 for the mental damages she sustained. However, Lawyer Al-Khashab filed an appeal against this verdict, demanding for compensation worth KD 10,000.
Hearing Nov 14: The Administrative Court has set Nov 14 for the hearing of lawsuit demanding the cancellation of “fingerprint attendance” for all government and civil employees. Attorney Muhammad Al-Ansari who filed the case argued that fingerprint attendance system could lead to spread of contagious diseases given that thousands of people will be using the fingerprint device. Attorney Al-Ansari also said the process negates the principle of equality and justice, because some employees have been working hard throughout their career and deserve to be rewarded for their commitment and not restrained by measures obliging them to record their attendance through the fingerprint device.
Blogger detained: The Court of Appeals adjourned until Oct 30 the State Security case involving Twitter user Sarah Al-Dureis who is accused of using words deemed offensive to the entity of HH the Amir. Earlier, the Public Prosecution detained Al-Dureis in the Central Jail based on 21 days detention order issued against her. She is accused of defying the entity of HH the Amir and repeating rumors through posts she published on her personal Twitter account, but she denied all charges leveled against her.
Ruling challenged: The Criminal Court has adjourned to Oct 29 to look into the petition filed against the Public Prosecution’s decision to reserve the case famously known as “Dow case” in which the defendants are officials, says Al-Seyassah. Previously, the Public Prosecutor Judge Dherar Al-Asousi decided to reserve the “Dow case” from the Fatwa and Legislation Department which had requested to hold accountable those who involved in leading the state to lose $2.5 billion, based on the contract between Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC) and the US-based Dow Chemical Company. As reported by various news agencies, an arbitrator ruled that Kuwait’s state-run petrochemical company must pay the Dow Chemical Company compensation worth $2.16 billion for wrongly canceling a planned plasticrelated joint venture in 2008. The ruling of the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Court against PIC is final and binding and believed to be one of the largestever arbitration awards, according to Dow’s law firm Shearman and Sterling LLP.
By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff