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‘Illegal to arrest lawyer while performing his official duties’

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 3: Chairperson of the permanent Defense Committee in Kuwait Lawyers Society Attorney Fawaz Al-Khateeb said it is illegal to arrest a lawyer while performing his official duties, indicating such action hinders the process of serving justice and infringes the rights of the lawyer.

In a press statement, Al-Khateeb disclosed a lawyer was arrested when he requested to be present before an investigator who was looking into a case. He was detained at Hadiya Police Station and then transferred to Ahmadi Police Station where he spent the weekend.

He explained the act of arresting the lawyer is against the law, particularly procedural articles 11 and 75 which govern the legal practices of lawyers. He pointed out that a lawyer insisting to be present with his client during investigation is not considered illegal.

He argued that excluding the lawyers from investigation under the pretext of confidentiality is unjustifiable as the principle of confidentiality in the eyes of the law does not apply on lawyers accompanying their clients while being questioned

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