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Court acquits Kuwaiti of drug trafficking

KUWAIT CITY, April 10: The Criminal Court acquitted a Kuwaiti citizen who was accused of drug peddling after officers searched his residence, and found illicit drugs, a digital scale and a sum of money suspected to be proceeds of the business. The Public Prosecution had charged the suspect with possessing methamphetamine intended for sale and consumption without authorization. The prosecution officer explained that he had been monitoring the suspect’s activities after his office received a tipoff concerning his heinous activities. He obtained a warrant before heading to the suspect’s residence with a team of detectives. In his wardrobe, they found eight sachets containing a white powder suspected to be illicit drug. Other items listed above were also found in the same place. However, the defense counsel Lawyer Zaid Al- Khabbaz urged the court to acquit his client, because he denied the allegations. He said the submissions of the officer were too weak to be admitted as a strong evidence, adding that the officer’s testimony was filled with contradictions and illogical utterances.

Jail-term upheld: The Court of Cassation, under the chairmanship of Counselor Ahmad Al-Ajeel, upheld the verdict of the Court of Appeals and sentenced an unidentified woman to five years in prison with hard labor for inciting to overthrow the country’s ruling system, reports Al-Rai daily. The daily added, the woman allegedly stole her husband’s phone with the intention to implicate him in the crime because she wanted to take revenge on him for marrying another woman. The Public Prosecutor’s Office charged the accused with calling for the overthrow of the regime and defaming religions by insulting a group of people and their religious beliefs and misusing the phone. The Criminal Court had earlier sentenced the accused to 11 years in prison with hard labor but the verdict was overturned by the Court of Appeals and sentenced her to five years in prison.

Same scholarships: The Administrative Section in the Court of Appeals affirmed equality between scholarship holders at the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET) and their counterparts at Kuwait University, and in effect, ordered PAAET to pay KD7,900 to a female scholarship holder as the value of her entitlement based on decision of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. According to the case file, the plaintiff’s lawyer, Attorney Ali Jouhar, explained that his client got a scholarship to study master and doctorate degrees in Comparative Education Management and Fundamentals at the University of Newcastle, United Kingdom. The scholarship ended with the decision number 2631/2015 issued by PAAET when she completed the PhD program. During the time of her study, the Civil Service Commission issued a decision to equate scholarship holders from both institutions, but PAAET failed to implement it. He said another decision number 2710/2010 was issued in that regard. This was followed by the ministerial decision on April 1, 2012 whose Article 35 affirmed that scholarship holders were entitled to KD600 per month, but PAAET flouted the directive.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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