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KUWAIT CITY, March 14: The verdict issued by the Ministers Court that acquitted all the defendants involved in the “Army Fund” case is not final, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting an informed source. He indicated that the Public Prosecution Office will appeal against this ruling before the Court of Cassation to impose criminal penalties and convict the accused. The source affirmed that there are procedures that must precede the filing of the appeal in terms of reading the ruling’s rationale and what it was based on, and then responding to the ruling and submitting the appeal to the highest court for final decision.
In its ruling, the Court of Ministers had highlighted that the crime of embezzlement of public money had not been established with certainty against the nine defendants in the case. It explained that the disbursed funds – the subject of the communication – were spent with the knowledge of the late Amir of the country Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad in the higher interests of the country and for sovereign considerations. The concealment of the amounts and aspects related to their disbursement were imposed by the regulations of the sovereign authorities, and were related to the national security of Kuwait.