KUWAIT CITY, Sept 17: The Court of Appeals upheld the ruling of the First Instance Court which cancelled the decision to ban a citizen from traveling and withdraw his passport for committing a drug-related crime in a European country where he underwent medical procedures. Attorney Abdulmuhssen Al- Qattan filed a lawsuit on behalf of the citizen, pointing out his client was undergoing medical procedures in Germany when he was accused of possessing drugs. He said when the citizen returned to the country, his passport was withdrawn and he was prevented from traveling although he is a citizen and his family lives in Kuwait. Al-Qattan added no final verdict was issued against his client by a German or Kuwaiti court while it was not confirmed that the citizen was over speeding and had no driving license. He argued the travel ban and withdrawal of the citizen’s passport are illegal as such measures contravene the laws and Constitution of Kuwait.
Citizen jailed: The Criminal Court sentenced a citizen in absentia to five years in prison for stealing bullets worth KD16 from his workplace, reports Al- Qabas daily.v The Public Prosecution pressed charges upon confirming that the accused took the bullets after finishing his shift in the army. Commenting on the case, a lawyer pointed out that the State could have incurred more losses than the value of the stolen bullets.
Blogger fined: The Misdemeanor Court has ordered blogger Abdullah Al- Jasser (also known as Aboudka) to pay a fine of KD 3,000 for offending Kuwaitis and misusing his smartphone. The Cybercrime Department of the General Directorate of Criminal Investigation of Ministry of Interior had lodged a complaint with the Public Prosecution against Aboudka, accusing him of posting a video clip in which he is seen insulting Kuwaitis following the death of his pet dog in a swimming pool. Public Prosecution ordered his arrest and charged him with abuse of smartphone for disseminating immoral statements and a video that is deemed offensive to the public.
Verdict upheld: Labor Section at the Court of Appeals upheld a verdict ordering a general trading and contracting company to pay KD 4,959 to an employee whose services has been terminated before the end of his contract. The above-stated sum includes the employee’s leave balance, end of service benefit, and compensation for the remaining period of contract. In a lawsuit filed on behalf of the complainant, Lawyer Elaf Al-Saleh said her client had been working as a supervisor in the aforementioned company for three years with a monthly salary of KD507 before his termination without receiving his due benefits. Al-Saleh presented a portfolio of documents that included salary certificate and labor complaints, affirming that Labor Law of the Private Sector guarantees the rights of employees at the end of a contract and obliges the company to compensate the employee. Experts report concluded that the complainant deserves the above-mentioned sum, and the court ruled in his favor.
Jail for blogger: The Court of Appeals upheld the verdict issued by the Court of First Instance which sentenced a social media blogger to a jail term of one year and eight months with hard labor after convicting the blogger of offending the entity of His Highness the Amir by using words deemed offensive through his Twitter account. The Public Prosecution had charged the blogger with offending His Highness the Amir and transgressing his entity, as well as riticizing the authority of the Amir and misusing his smartphone. It is worth mentioning that the Public Prosecution had ordered the blogger to be detained for ten days at the Central Prison where he was questioned on the accusations leveled against him.
Appeal rejected: The Court of Cassation Monday rejected an appeal by Sami Al-Nisf- former CEO of Kuwait Airways Corporation- on the decision of Appeals Court that fined him KD 4,000 and temporary compensation of KD 5,001 in a lawsuit filed by the Deputy Speaker of National Assembly Essa Al- Kandari who accused him of character defamation during the parliamentary election via “Twitter”. Representing MP Al-Kandari, Attorneys Ibrahim Al-Kandari and Abdul- Rahman Al-Kandari affirmed that Al-Nisf offended their client by posting defamatory “tweets” that transgress Al-Kandari’s honor, dignity and reputation, indicating the defendant had posted false news about his electoral position and claimed he was barred from voting and influenced results of the election.
By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies