Jail sus­pended as Kuwaiti ac­quit­ted in drugs law­suit

Arab Times - - LO­CAL - By Jaber Al-Hamoud

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.

Al-Alanda

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