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Court acquits Kuwaiti of driving after taking drugs

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 24: The Criminal Court of First Instance acquitted a Kuwaiti citizen who was accused of possession of illicit drugs meant for consumption, and driving under the influence of intoxicants.

The court issued its ruling despite the fact that the forensics report affirmed the presence of the substance in the sample analysis of the suspect. According to the case file, a security operative affiliated to the Special Task Force in the Public Security Sector was on a routine patrol in Salmiya area when he sighted the suspect inside his car causing a traffic logjam.

He approached the suspect and demanded for his identification, which the suspect could not produce, so he ordered him to alight from the car. It was at that point that the officer noticed the disoriented state of the suspect and found a packet of cigarettes stuffed with white and red substances suspected to be illicit drugs inside his pocket.

The suspect confessed that the drugs were for his personal consumption. However, the defendant counsel, Lawyer Jarrah Al-Shuraikah faulted the procedures leading to search and arrest of his client, arguing that the action was carried out without any warrant of arrest, so it was done in error and violation of the law

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies

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