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Asians operating illegal clinic, pharmacy and medical storage in a basement jailed

KUWAIT CITY, July 4: The Court of Appeals presided over by Judge Nasr Salem Al-Heid nullified verdict of five-year imprisonment and fine of KD 20,000 issued against two Asians who were accused of medical waste disposal offense.

The court instead sentenced them to one-year imprisonment with stay of execution and KD 3,000 for illegally opening a clinic, pharmacy and medical storage in the basement of a building. Other defendants were acquitted of all charges.

The defense counsel explained that his clients maintained the claim of innocence since the start of the investigations. There was no activity in the said clinic. He insisted that the Capital Investigations Department was not competent to act on the case related to environmental crimes, affirming that medical wastes were not found in the premises, and the case file did not contain any documented evidence to confirm the charges.

He stressed that his clients were only employees of a company, and acting based on that company’s policy due to which they cannot be held responsible for their actions.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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