Criminal Court Acquits Two Expats Of Forging Documents
The Criminal Court acquitted two expatriates of forging official documents related to a traffic accident in order to obtain compensation from an insurance company. The expatriates were accused of faking a traffic incident to get money from the insurance company. Attorney Jarrah Al-Anzi defended the two accused in court, saying the investigations were inconclusive. He pointed out the absence of criminal intent and elements of crime. He added the accused have no control over traffic accidents and they are actually the victims of the traffic accident in question.
Ruling annulled: The Court of Appeals overturned the verdict of the Court of First Instance which fined an employee in the Ministry of Justice KD 3,000 and ordered dismissal from his job. Instead, the higher court acquitted the employee of causing harm to the money of the complainant and negligence of his duties. The Public Prosecution pressed charges against the employee for causing serious harm on the money of the complainant because he neglected his duty by refraining to make an entry request to register the verdict which was in favor of the complainant to complete the registration procedures. He was also accused of failure to audit and double check documents given to him when conducting the transaction to change ownership of a real estate property, a matter that caused grave damages to the complainant. Defense counsel Attorney Zayed Al-Khabbaz, representing the accused, called for acquittal of his client citing absence of incriminating evidence and absence of causal relationship between the behavior and result.
Youths acquitted: The Criminal Court acquitted five youths of assaulting a citizen and wrecking his car after a physical altercation with him because of a female Gulf national. The Public Prosecution charged the five youths with intentionally causing injuries to the plaintiff as described in the medical report and left him with permanent disability of about 30 percent, in addition to wrecking his car and his office window which cost KD37. Attorney Enaam Haydar, who represented four of the accused in court, argued that one of her clients acted in self-defense and the others did not play any role in the incident. She pointed out contradictions between evidence and testimonies presented, clarifying that the plaintiff initiated the use of sharp object to attack one of her clients, let alone the lack of incriminating evidence against two of her clients.