KUWAIT CITY, Oct 1: The Civil Circuit of the Court of First Instance ordered a man, who was convicted of killing a youth inside a commercial complex, to pay KD 10,000 as blood money as well as KD 56,000 as compensation to the family of the victim who died after he was stabbed during a quarrel, reports Al-Anba daily. The court’s ruling included a refusal to compel the second suspect to pay compensation to the victim’s relatives on the grounds that the Criminal Court had acquitted him of the crime. The aforementioned sentence was the result of the conviction of the first suspect by the Criminal Court to ten-year imprisonment for beating the victim to death. The second defendant’s counsel Lawyer Jasser Al-Jaddai said the verdict rejected the case against his client because of his innocence and because of his lack of connection to the crime. He indicated that his client almost became a victim, as knives were used during the quarrel.
Meanwhile the Criminal Court acquitted a Kuwaiti student who was accused of smuggling chemical substance “FUB-AMD” via air cargo with the intention of manufacturing drugs using this substance. According to the case file, when the Drugs Control General Department received information that the suspect, who lives in a flat within a commercial area, possesses the chemical substance, a team was formed for investigations. After confirming the information, a warrant from the Public Prosecution was obtained for searching and arresting him, his flat and his car as well as those who cooperate with him. Later, the Public Prosecution accused the student of possessing the chemical “FUB-AMD”, mixing it with Acetone to increase its concentration and importing and manufacturing it. It also accused him of customs evasion, as he did not pay the customs charges for the materials he imported. During the court session, the defense counsel Lawyer Ena’am Haidar said the warrant issued by the Public Prosecution is illegal as it was obtained based on investigations that were not conducted seriously. She indicated that some facts were deliberately hidden from the investigations, which would have been enough to change the situation of the lawsuit. Lawyer Haider explained that the basis of the crime of importing and smuggling intoxicants is lacking because possession of the confiscated substance is not illegal. The basis for the crime of custom evasion is lacking because of absence of criminal intention.
Verdict upheld: The Court of Appeals upheld the verdict issued by the Court of First Instance which acquitted two former board members of Hiteen Cooperative Society of charges related to recruitment, organizing of trips, and supply contracts in violation of the laws of Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor and regulations of the Union of Cooperative Societies, reports Al- Anba daily. The Public Prosecution had charged the two men of appointing undeserving employees, organizing Umra trips, signing contracts for the supply of labor and commercial items, investing in defected construction contracts and squandering shareholders’ funds, during their chairmanship in the years 2014 and 2015 without the approval of Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor. The counsel to the first defendant Lawyer Abdullah Al-Kandari said the ruling was based on the lack of concrete evidence for the charges leveled against his client. He indicated that the report of the investigation committee did not contain evidences to convict his client.
‘Add study period’: The Court of Appeals upheld the verdict issued by the Court of First Instance which ordered Minister of Defense and Undersecretary of Ministry of Defense to add the duration of military studies within the actual service period of the plaintiff along with the effects that arose from that, most notably the two-year allowance which should be calculated based on the actual service of more than 25 years. In the case filed by lawyers Ghanim Al-Shammari and Falah Bin Rab’ie, they explained that their client, a Kuwaiti citizen, had joined the military college in 1989 and successfully graduated with rank of “Lieutenant” in 1994. He continued his active service until he retired in advance in 2014 after more than 25 years in service. However, his employer did not calculate the duration of his studies within the period of his service due to which the benefit was lesser than what was due to him. This forced him to file the lawsuit.
By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies