KUWAIT CITY, April 11: The Court of Appeals upheld the verdict issued by the Court of First Instance which sentenced seven individuals to imprisonment for stealing weapons worth KD 22,000 from the Private Forces Department of Ministry of Interior.
The first defendant who was an officer of rank ‘Lance Corporal’ in the Private Forces Department, along with the second and third defendants have been sentenced to ten-year imprisonment and ordered to pay fine worth double the abovementioned amount. The first defendant was also terminated from his job. The fourth, fifth and seventh defendants were sentenced to three-year imprisonment and bail worth KD 3,000 while the sixth suspect was sentenced to five year imprisonment and bail worth KD 5,000.
Meanwhile, the Court of Appeals upheld the verdict issued by the Court of First Instance which sentenced the blogger Abdullah Al-Rassam to 20-month imprisonment in a State Security case. However, the court also decided to release Al-Rassam on KD 500 bail and suspend enforcing the sentence for three years. According to the case file, the Public Prosecution accused the blogger of posting malicious statements against His Highness the Amir of Kuwait and the authority.
‘KD 32,000 not declared’: Customs officers joined forces with security operatives at the airport and apprehended a Jordanian man in possession of KD 32,000 cash, which he did not declare before departure. The officers arrested the suspect for money laundering and referred him to concerned authority for investigation.
KD 22,000 stolen from duo: Three unknown masked individuals assaulted an Iranian and a Bangladeshi and robbed them of KD 22,000 in their possession, reports Al-Anba daily. According to security sources, the two victims lodged complaints at Jaber Al-Ahmad Police Station, informing securitymen that they were walking in the area when the three masked individuals attacked them. They submitted medical reports to indicate the injuries they sustained. They revealed that they were on their way to the shop where they work in order to keep the money in a safe inside the shop. Securitymen have launched investigations to find and arrest the suspects.
Cleaning workers strike: Asian cleaning company workers are said to have refused to go to work at the Palace of Justice for the second time, reports Al-Qabas daily. The daily added, according to the workers, they have not been paid their salaries for three months and some of them claim their residence permits have not been renewed for the past two years. They fear arrest and deportation from the country. Several lawyers have expressed their sympathy in solidarity with the workers. They say they are surprised at such malpractices, particularly happening to people working where people fight for their rights and justice.
By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies