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Three Expats acquitted of forging civil IDs to buy mobile lines and phones

KUWAIT CITY, July 14: The Criminal Court acquitted three expatriates who were accused of forging civil IDs to buy mobile lines and devices on installment basis from telecommunication companies. The Public Prosecution had charged the first suspect of forging an official identification document to use it as his original identification document. He stole and copied the victim’s civil ID and changed the data therein such as the personal photograph and the nationality to Pakistani. He used the forged civil ID for obtaining official documents related to mobile line contracts as well as mobile devices sold by a telecommunication company. The second and third suspects helped the first suspect commit the forgery. The defense counsel of the third suspect Lawyer Ina’am Haidar stressed the lack of incriminating evidences to prove her client’s participation in the crime. She said there was lack of substance and seriousness in the investigations conducted, which makes the subsequent processes invalid.

Hearing delayed: The Appeals Court, presided over by Judge Ibrahim Al-Obaid, postponed the hearing on a case filed against three employees of an undisclosed company for embezzling the funds of Kuwait Ports Authority (KPA) until a decision is taken regarding the response submitted by the accused, reports Al-Qabas daily. Earlier, the Criminal Court sentenced to jail the three defendants and obliged them to return the embezzled finds. The suspects are still in detention. Meanwhile, for the third time, the Criminal Court refused to release 14 individuals involved in the loss of files cases including six lawyers, while it postponed the trial until September, reports Al-Qabas daily.

Probe begins: The Commercial Affairs Prosecution has started investigations into the food poisoning incident caused by a restaurant in Hawally, reports Al-Anba daily quoting a judicial source. According to the source, the prosecution summoned 150 out of 287 victims including a citizen in the last three days to question them on the food poisoning incident after eating meals served by the restaurant. The source said the prosecution asked the Criminal Evidence Department in the Interior Ministry to check samples of food items taken from the restaurant to prepare a technical report and to determine the cause of food poisoning – whether deliberate or not.

Transfer on track’: The transfer of the Domestic Labor Department from the Ministry of Interior to the Ministry of Social Affairs is proceeding smoothly, although it will go through more stages due to the need to amend some bylaws while the issuance of visas for newly hired domestic workers will be under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Social Affairs, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting sources. Sources disclosed the concerned officials in the two ministries have agreed on the issuance of work permits to new domestic workers as part of arrangements between the workers and their sponsors. Sources affirmed this move aims to limit, if not eliminate, problems between domestic workers and their sponsors; hinting that many organizational decisions will see the light soon in bid to serve public interests and protect the rights of all parties.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies

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