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Verdict in ‘Fintas Group’ case set for Jan 12 – Woman acquitted of stealing husband’s bag

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 15: The Criminal Court, presided over by Judge Waleed Al-Kandari, adjourned until Jan 12, 2016 the announcement of its verdict on the case of Hamad Al-Haroun, one of the defendants in the ‘Fintas group’ case, who was smuggled by three other defendants out of the country. In Tuesday’s session, Al-Haroun and another defendant, a customs officer, failed to appear before the judge, whereas the other two appeared with their lawyers who pleaded for the acquittal of their clients. Case files indicate Al-Haroun fled the country accompanied by another person through the Nuweiseeb Border, using the civil identification card of another person related to a customs officer.

Both the owner of the card and the customs officer were aware of the smuggling plan. Al-Haroun managed to escape through the border last week of March this year, and then went to the city of Dammam (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia). From there, he flew to Dubai where he was arrested by the Interpol on request of Jordanian security authorities for his involvement in a financial scam in Jordan.

Woman acquitted: The Misdemeanor Court of Appeals nullified the verdict of First Instance Court that sentenced a Kuwaiti woman to six months in prison with hard labor on the allegation of stealing her husband’s bag. The court chaired by Judge Yusuf Al-Buhairi suspended execution of the penalty. The case file indicates the husband filed a lawsuit against his wife accusing her of stealing his bag containing a sum of money, official documents and other valuables. He said the woman took the bag from his car trunk. Defense Attorney Hassan Al- Ajmi questioned seriousness of the prosecution officer, asserting the account was illogical, malicious and devised by the plaintiff. He noted the plaintiff was inconsistent in his submissions.

Seeking sex: The Misdemeanor Court acquitted a citizen in his 50s of inciting a female compatriot to engage in immorality via SMS. The Public Prosecution accused the suspect of misusing his mobile phone by sending immoral messages to the woman. Defense Attorney Mohammad Al- Slaili argued that his client dialed the plaintiff’s number by mistake and apologized for that. He did not deny calling, and documents presented in court could not prove the allegations against the defendant

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