Monday, July 16, 2012

Appeals acquits teen in liquor, drugs charges- As usual, no one ever serves time for Crime

KUWAIT CITY, July 15: The Court of Appeals, presided over by Judge Faisal Al-Khuraibet, has modified the verdict of a lower court that sentenced a Kuwaiti teenager to four years in jail with hard labor, fined him KD 4,000 and suspended his driver’s license for one year, for driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of hashish.

The higher court refrained from imposing a sentence but ordered the defendant to post bail of KD 1,000 and to sign a pledge of good conduct for one year.

Case files indicate the teenager was arrested when his car overturned on the road as the rescue officers discovered he was under the influence of alcohol. The officers also found an undisclosed quantity of hashish in the car. He was then referred to the Public Prosecution, which charged him with drunk driving and possession of hashish for sale and personal consumption.

However, lawyer for the defendant, Attorney Zaid Al-Khabbaz, questioned the arrest and prosecution procedures. He pleaded for leniency towards his client, considering his young age. He also asked the court not to refer his client for rehabilitation at the Psychiatric Hospital and to refrain from imposing punishment on him.

After carefully analyzing the arguments and pieces of evidence presented by both sides, the higher court ruled in favor of the defendant.

In another case, the Misdemeanor Court acquitted a Kuwaiti woman, in her 50s, of insulting a female compatriot who, in turn, was fined KD 150 for beating the former.

Lawyer for the acquitted woman, Attorney Abdulmohsen Al-Qattan, argued in court that the case filed against his client was fabricated.  He demanded for acquittal of the woman due to lack of incriminating evidence and the court ruled in her favor. (link)

Do citizens (or anyone for that matter) ever serve time for crimes they commit? Has anyone seen the kinds  of lawyers in the courts? Chicks with full make-up and 4-inch stilleto heels with short dresses covered up by their black (lawyer) robe chatting and laughing on their phones or young guys with their cool sunglasses walking around the courts, those are lawyers who get these people off?? At least KSA still cuts off heads and UAE will jail anyone who has drugs regardless of where they are from.

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