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Return Kuwaiti citizen’s docus, court orders MoI – Barrack acquitted


KUWAIT CITY, April 3: The Third Administrative Circuit of the Court of First Instance decided to cancel the decision of Ministry of Interior to hold back a Kuwaiti citizen’s passport. According to the lawsuit filed by Lawyer Esmat Al-Kharboutli on the behalf of the citizen, the plaintiff suffers from a psychiatric disease and had travelled to Thailand for convalescence for a couple of weeks after leaving the h o s p i t a l . Based on the doctor’s advice, he had taken his medicines with him.

However, he was forced to extend his stay in Thailand. When his medicines ran out, he searched for the medicines in pharmacies in Thailand but did not find them. He then called Kuwait’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, asking for help but did not receive any response. After a few days, his medical condition deteriorated and he fell unconscious after reaching Kuwait International Airport. However, securitymen seized his passport and referred him to Psychiatric Medicine Hospital where he was admitted for three months. After he left the hospital, the General Department of Criminal Investigations refused to give him his passport. Lawyer Al-Kharboutli said the passport is the right of the citizen and should be with him wherever he is, insisting that there are no criminal cases recorded against her client. She asked the court to return the passport to her client.

Barrak acquitted: The Court of Appeals yesterday acquitted the former MP Musallam Al-Barrak of charges of insulting and offending the former Head of the Judiciary Committee Judge Faisal Al-Murshid. Previously, the Public Prosecution had charged Al-Barrak of offending Judge Al-Murshid, even though the defendant denied the charges, claiming irregularities in them. According to the case files, the Misdemeanor Court had fined Al-Barrak KD 150 for the charges leveled against him, which involved insults and defamation. However, the defense insisted that the prosecution did not submit any substantial evidence to back the claims.

‘Wrong procedure’: The Misdem-eanor Court of First Instance acquitted a suspect in his 30s of possessing an unlicensed weapon and illicit drugs for sale. He was arrested while parking his car in front of the Central Prison. The prosecution officer explained that security operatives were busy conducting checking at a makeshift checkpoint inside the Central Prison and Firdous area when they sighted the suspect’s car. The officers found the weapon at the backseat as they approached the suspect for checking. They later found illicit drugs on him during a thorough search and referred him to concerned authorities. In his defense, Lawyer Ali Matar Al-Wawan faulted the idea of searching and arresting his client. He noted the wrongful arrest shouldn’t have led to testing the sample of his client’s urine, because the officers had no search and arrest warrant for that purpose.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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