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Appeals court acquits expat of possessing, selling drugs

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 4: The Court of Appeals presided over by Judge Adel Al-Huwaidi overturned the verdict issued by the Court of First Instance which sentenced an expatriate to tenyear imprisonment with a fine of KD 5,000 followed by deportation after completion of term. The court instead acquitted him of possessing illicit drugs with the intention of consuming and selling them.

The prosecution officer said the Public Prosecution accused the first suspect of drug possession based on certain evidences. He explained that narcotics officers received a tip about the activities of the suspect after which they placed him under observation until they raided his apartment in Salmiya area after obtaining necessary searchand- arrest warrant.

After they searched the suspect and another individual who was with him, they found some pills inside the first suspect’s pant pocket which they suspected was illicit drugs. The second suspect was also caught with some illicit drugs and he confessed that the seized pills belonged to the third suspect. The officers went to the third suspect’s apartment in Hawally area where they found large polythene bags containing drugs inside his wardrobe.

All three suspects were referred to the concerned authority for prosecution. However, the defense counsel Attorney Talal Saber Al-Enezi insisted during the court session that the searchand- arrest procedures carried out on his client were unlawful, null and void. He faulted the warrant used in the sting operation, because there was no reason to trail his client when his client did nothing. He accused the officers of being malicious over the incident.

Fight over drugs: Two Kuwaiti citizens were arrested in Mahboula area for possessing drugs and engaging in a fight in public, reports Al-Rai daily. When the Operations Room of Ministry of Interior received information about two men involved in a public brawl in Mahboula area, securitymen rushed to the location and broke up the fight to discover that the two men appeared intoxicated.

After checking their civil IDs to discover the suspects are Kuwaiti citizens, securitymen checked them to find drugs on them. According to security sources, the fight broke out between the two citizens following an argument concerning who has the right to take the drugs that they bought together with the intention of using them. The suspects were arrested and referred with the drugs to the Drugs Control General Department for necessary legal action.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies

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