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Court acquits four inmates of possessing drugs in jail

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KUWAIT CITY, Jan 15: The Court of Cassation upheld the verdict issued by the Court of Appeals which acquitted four inmates of Central Prison including a Bedoun man and an expatriate who were accused of possessing drugs inside the prison. According to the case file, the incharge officer, who is the director of the Coordination and F o l l o w – u p Department at the Central Prison, testified that he carried out investigations as per which 37 prisoners possess drugs in the fifth cell of the Central Prison. After receiving a warrant from the Public Prosecution, the suspects were arrested and referred to the Criminal Investigations Department. Urine samples of four of the arrested inmates tested positive for traces of morphine. The Public Prosecution then charged them with smuggling, possession and consumption of drugs inside the Central Prison. The Criminal Court had sentenced the four defendants to five-year imprisonment with hard labor as well as a fine of KD 1,000 each. The court ordered the deportation of the expatriate and the Bedoun suspects following the completion of their prison terms. However, the defense counsel Lawyer Mohammad Hamza stressed that the Public Prosecution’s warrant was illegal as it was issued based on unserious investigations. Insisting that the urine tests are illegal because they exceeded the limits of the issued warrant, he urged the Court of Appeals to acquit his clients. The verdict of the Court of Appeals to acquit the defendants of the charges was upheld by the Court of Cassation, which rejected the appeal submitted by the Public Prosecution.

‘Story fabricated’: The Jahra Public Prosecution has ordered the arrest of a Syrian woman for making a hoax call, reports Al-Anba daily. A security source said the Syrian called the Operations Room of the Interior Ministry and informed seeing a man in dishdasha stopping near a public park in Al-Naeem area and handing over arms and ammunition and dollar bills to the two guards. The daily added, based on the story of the woman, the State Security whisked away the two guards for interrogation and released them after they discovered it was a fabricated story.

‘Rescue my client’: An unidentified lawyer sought the help of the Ministry of Interior to rescue his female client who had been detained by her family, reports Al-Anba daily. In his complaint to the Mubarak Al-Kabir police, the lawyer said his client had filed a lawsuit against her family and her sister in particular for impersonating her. When police went to the house, no one answered the door. The daily did not give details.

Prompt action taken: When the Dasman Police Station received an anonymous call threatening to blow up the Interrogation Office of the Ministry of Interior, the issue was dealt with seriously and the ministry without much delay deployed the Special Task force to security the institution, reports Al-Shahed daily. The daily added, the ministry has given strict instructions to deal with the issue seriously and to deal immediately with any suspect. The sources confirmed the Interior Ministry does not take any communication lightly and deals with the situation from a security perspective to protect all vital sites. The State Security apparatus had earlier received confidential information about intention of the vested interests to target the detectives.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies

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