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KUWAIT CITY, June 23: The Court of Appeals upheld the verdict issued by the Court of First Instance which sentenced a representative of a medical supply company to one-year imprisonment with hard labor and imposed a fine of KD 1,000 for breach of trust.
The Public Prosecution had charged him with acquiring the amounts that belonged to the company and were given to him based on trust under a work contract as a marketing representative, but he instead deposited those amounts in his own account. According to the counsel representing the company Lawyer Enam Haider, the defendant’s work with her client includes receiving medicines from the company, selling them in pharmacies, then handing over the money to the company.
The witness who works as a doctor in the company told them that she had paid KD 10,000 of the debt, and the amount had been handed over to the accused. When given the invoice for her to stamp and sign, she denied receiving the goods from the accused, and stated that the invoice was forged. In the rationale for its ruling, the court said the sure evidence of the validity of this crime and its evidence against the accused with all its legal elements has been established according to the conviction of the court in a firm and certain manner, based on the statements of the whistle-blower and the witness. The court affirmed that it is reassured by the witness’ testimony and relies on her judgment, despite the fact that the accused left Kuwait, as per the minutes of investigations, noting that the papers did not contain a forensic report indicating whether or not the forgery in the signature and seal attributed to the witness was correct.