Sentence Withheld On Kuwaiti Duo In Drugs Case
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The Criminal Section in the Court of Appeals cancelled the decision of a lower court, which sentenced two citizens to imprisonment for possessing narcotics. The higher court then refrained from imposing punishment on the accused. Case files indicate the Public Prosecution charged the two citizens of possessing heroin, morphine and intoxicants. It also charged one of the citizens with driving under the influence of drugs, driving without a license and causing a traffic incident when he hit an ambulance owned by the Medical Emergency Department in the Ministry of Health. Previously, the Criminal Court sentenced one of the citizens, in absentia, to four years and three months in prison and fined him KD3,000. It sentenced the other citizen to three years and four months in prison and confiscated the items found in the possession of the accused. Attorney Essmat Al-Kharboutli defended the two citizens, pointing out that the arrest was illegal as it was done without a warrant. She argued all the procedures taken against her clients are illegal as the latter were not caught red handed.

Kuwaiti acquitted: The Criminal Court, chaired by Judge Abdullah Al-Osaimi, acquitted a Kuwaiti man of possessing illegal drugs. According to the case file, the prosecution officer was on duty when he sighted the suspect driving fast trying to avoid police. This prompted the officer to trail and force him to pull over. Verification of his identification revealed that the suspect is wanted by law for involvement in a civil case. He was asked to get out of the car for precautionary search which led to the discovery that he was in possession of a sachet containing a white substance suspected to be illegal drugs. He confessed that the substance belongs to him. However, the defendant’s lawyer, Attorney Talal Al-Enezi, argued the officer had no strong reason to stop and search his client, let alone arrest him. He pointed out the officer violated the law by acting without obtaining a warrant of arrest, citing articles 43 to 57 to support his argument.

GCC man held with drugs: A GCC national was arrested at Nuwaiseeb border checkpoint in possession of two pieces of hashish and narcotic pills, reports Al- Seyassah daily. According to sources, the suspect had arrived at the border checkpoint and Nuwaiseeb customs officers checked his luggage to find the hidden contraband. He was arrested and referred wit

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