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Jail, deportation for fraud – Hearing in money-wash, drugs case sent to May 4


KUWAIT CITY, April 30: The Misdemeanor Court summoned the prosecution officer in a controversial case involving an artiste and an expatriate accused of money laundering and smuggling a large quantity of drugs. Deliberation on the case was adjourned until May 4, 2017 for crossexamination of the officer on the points raised by the expatriate. The Public Prosecution charged the defendants with p o s s e s s i n g amphetamine and methamphetamine for trading. They allegedly deposited a huge amount in the account of one of the suspects and that of the latter’s company which is considered money laundering. The money is believed to be revenues from selling drugs. One of the suspects used his company to organize fake exhibitions, conferences and camping to deceive the public concerning the source of his wealth. He transferred money from those accounts into the bank account of the other suspect, while both of them used the accounts for illegal activities. Lawyer of one of the suspects, Attorney Mohammad Al-Qattan, questioned procedures leading to search and arrest of his client as there was no warrant. He argued the other suspect exonerated his client, saying his client was not aware of his illegal activities and the items were not found with the latter.

Jail for fraud: The Misdemeanor Court of Appeals revoked the verdict issued by the Court of First Instance which acquitted the manager and an employee of a travel agency who were accused of swindling a Kuwaiti woman. The court instead sentenced them to six-month imprisonment followed by deportation and it then referred the case to the relevant civil circuit. The Public Prosecution had accused the two suspects of swindling the victim by deceiving her into thinking that they can book tickets for her. During the court session, the plaintiff counsel Lawyer Ali Al-Ali said the two defendants deceived his client when they promised to book tickets for her. He demanded compensation worth KD 1,001 for the damages his client suffered from the situation.

Case adjourned: The Criminal Court adjourned to May 14 the final proceedings of the State Security case filed against a Kuwaiti citizen who was accused of running over and killing a police officer and injuring others while the country was commemorating its National Days. The Public Prosecution had charged the suspect of premeditated murder as he had intention to kill a large number of police officers present at a security checkpoint by running over them with his vehicle. He eventually killed a police captain intentionally in public. Those at the checkpoint clearly heard him offending the entity of His Highness the Amir and calling for the public to join a group whose mission is to spread principles that destroy the fabric of the political system of the country.

Verdict overruled: The Court of Appeals overturned the verdict issued by the Court of First Instance which imposed a travel ban on a businesswoman for owing a sum of KD 10,000 to a businessman. Representing the businesswoman was Lawyer Athbi Al-Nimran, who revealed that his client was surprised to receive notification from the court that a travel ban has been imposed on her because she owes KD 10,000 to a businessman. He stressed that the court had knowledge of a case filed against the plaintiff in relation to forging a debt declaration which he claimed was signed by his client, adding that the travel ban was issued while the forgery case was still in the courts.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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