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KUWAIT CITY, March 16: The Criminal Court adjourned to April 12 the case filed against four officers – a Colonel, a Lieutenant Colonel, and two others – for torturing a top agency officer at his workplace. The case was adjourned to review and take photocopies of the file and to pay the civil lawsuit fee, reports Al-Seyassah daily. During the court session, the four defendants completely denied all accusations leveled against them in this regard.
The plaintiff’s counsel claimed a civil right in the amount of KD 5,001 as temporary compensation. Earlier, the Public Prosecution had charged the defendants with abuse of power, arresting, detaining and insulting a public official, stealing public money linked to another felony, and forgery of official documents.
It charged three of the suspects, who being top agency officers, were public officials, with stealing the DVR device and its storage unit, including its digital data, owned by the department. The Public Prosecution charged them with deliberately destroying an electronic document intended to be submitted to the judiciary (if necessary), and obstructing access to the data stored on the hard disk connected to the DVR electronic processing system and the storage unit associated with it.
Two of the three suspects were also charged with a felony, which was linked to other crimes such as arrest, detention, torture and the use of cruelty, as indicated in the case description. The Public Prosecution stated that three of the suspects had arrested the victim and detained him in the interrogation rooms of the State Security Department in cases other than those determined by law.
These actions were accompanied by the physical torture of the victim by the first and second suspects. It highlighted the use of cruelty by the public officials on the basis of the power of their positions, charging them with inflicting physical pain on the victim and committing the acts described in the first charge against them as detailed in the investigations.