Jail suspended as Kuwaiti acquitted in drugs lawsuit
KUWAIT CITY, Oct 13: The Criminal Court overturned the decision to sentence a citizen, in absentia, to two years in prison. The court then acquitted him of possessing and driving under the influence of drugs.
The officer, who dealt with the incident, testified that while he was on duty in Khairan, he noticed the accused driving in a wrong way so he stopped him for the issuance of a traffic violation citation.
The officer said he found out the accused was disoriented so he asked him about his condition and the accused replied that he was sick. The accused showed the officer two suspicious capsules, prompting the officer to arrest and refer him to the relevant authority. The assistant of the officer drove the citizen’s car where they dis- covered a nylon packet containing herbs and drug paraphernalia. The accused admitted to consuming drugs and that the items found in his car were his.
Attorney Abdullah Al-Alanda, defended the accused, arguing the latter was arrested illegally, thus, the consequent measures are also illegal such as taking urine sample from the accused. He pointed out the results of urine analysis cannot be considered evidence because the sample was taken illegally. He added the car search is illegal as well because it happened when the accused was inside the patrol vehicle and the car was not in his possession at the time.