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Suspect in drug case freed to look after quadriplegic mother

KUWAIT CITY, March 29: The Court of Appeals chaired by Judge Adel Al-Huwaidi nullified the verdict of First Instance Court that sentenced a Kuwaiti man to five years in prison with hard labor. The court acquitted the suspect of possessing narcotics for consumption and sale purposes.

The case file indicated a police officer on routine patrol sighted the suspect driving his car in a reckless manner in violation of traffic law, and without the fore number plate. Therefore, the officer ordered the suspect to pull up and issued a citation against him. The officer went ahead to conduct the precautionary search on him and found illicit drugs, alongside a gun with 20 rounds of ammunition. He was referred to the relevant authority for legal action.

In his defense, Attorney Athbi Al-Nemran argued that the process leading to his client’s arrest was faulty, because there was no reason to conduct a search on him without warrant. He disagreed with the urine sample collection, citing Article 88 of the penal code and trials.

‘Judge favours spirit of the law’: A court in Kuwait has released a suspected drug user after his chair-bound mother begged for forgiveness, pleading she needed him to look after her. The mother was at the court when the judge was reviewing the case. She cried, saying that her son, who was under arrest, had always taken good care of her. She added that she was deeply sorry he had come under the influence of drugs, but explained that she needed him, Kuwaiti daily Al Qabas reported on Tuesday. “I swear to God that he has taken good care of me,” the mother told the judge. “Besides, he washes my feet daily.” The judge, convinced by the mother’s pleas, decided to release him, the daily said. “It is obvious that the judge applied the spirit of the law, and not the letter,” a legal expert told the daily.” He was convinced that his quadriplegic mother needed him. The suspect should appreciate that his mother’s tears in public are the biggest punishment for him and he should be human enough to make the decision to quit drugs and to continue to look after his mother,” he said.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies

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