Thursday , November 23 2017

Verdict withheld in maid rape

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 2: The Court of Appeals has overturned the verdict of the Court of First Instance which had sentenced a Kuwaiti in absentia to 10 years imprisonment with hard labor for allegedly raping an Asian housemaid.

The court also refrained from issuing a verdict against the suspect. According to case papers, the victim was in the kitchen cooking for her sponsor when the suspect touched her sensitive parts, so she shouted and went into her room to take shower.

To her surprise, the man followed her to the room and had sex with her by force. She said the suspect then thanked her and left the room. She claimed the same man had raped her two weeks earlier after grabbing her by her hair.

Defence lawyer Abdul-Wahab Bin Salamah faulted the investigation, because the officers had declined to question the suspect’s mother. He declared the statements of the plaintiff were inconsistent with the legal medical report, while his client vehemently denied the allegation. He insisted there was no concrete proof to substantiate the plaintiff’s claim.

10 years prison: The Criminal Court upheld the lower court verdict that sentenced a Kuwaiti woman to 10 years in prison with hard labor for using words deemed offensive to the entity of HH the Amir. The Public Prosecution accused the citizen of publicly offending the entity of the Amir through the social media platform “Twitter”, and also accused her of misusing mobile phone. Meanwhile, the Court of Appeals has rejected an appeal filed by the Public Prosecution Department against a verdict acquitting a female citizen who offended Saudi Arabia. The Public Prosecution Department charged the citizen for engaging in hostile acts against a foreign country and misusing mobile phones to post contents capable of inciting sectarian sedition and disdain among a segment of society through the social networking site ‘Twitter’. The defendant denied all charges from the early stages of investigation.

Jail for blogger: The Criminal Court sentenced a citizen to five years in prison with hard labor for using words deemed offensive to the entity of the ruling family using mobile phone. The case file indicated the citizen called the Operations Room of the Ministry of Interior and used words defying the country’s ruling system and security authorities managed to trace the identity of the caller and later arrested. He was referred to the relevant authority and legal measures were taken against him.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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