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From jail to fine in fraud case

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KUWAIT CITY, Nov 15: The Court of Cassation upheld the verdict issued by a lower court which had overturned the sentence of imprisonment of those accused of embezzling KD 21,000 from the Petrochemical Industries Company’s funds for seven years, and instead fined them KD 3,000. According to the case file, the Public Prosecution had accused the main defendant, in his capacity as a civil servant in the Petrochemical Industries Company, of seizing and facilitating the embezzlement of the aforementioned amount by falsifying invoices for fake training courses for employees in a training institute owned by the second defendant. The latter was accused of cooperating with the former in forging invoices and training certificates.

The Criminal Court had sentenced the defendants to seven years imprisonment, dismissed the main defendant from his job, obligated him to return KD 21,000, and fined him twice the amount. The Court of Appeal instead imposed a fine of KD 3,000 and cancelled the sentences of dismissal and payment of a fine after paying the amount, after Lawyer Saud Al-Hadba pleaded that the second defendant did not have any criminal intent. It amended the description under the accusation to allow a fine instead of imprisonment.

Also, the expert report is not required in the court’s content, especially if it is far from reality and truth. The Court of Cassation decided to reject the Public Prosecution’s appeal and uphold the appealed judgment after lawyer Saud Al-Hadba pleaded and principally requested the acquittal of his client and in precaution to uphold the appeal judgment. By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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