Five acquitted of joining IS – Filipina, Egyptian and Pakistani caught for financial claims

KUWAIT: The criminal court yesterday acquitted five citizens of charges of joining the Islamic State (IS) group. The five citizens had been facing charges of joining and illegally communicating with a banned organization.

Fugitives caught
Capital governorate detectives arrested three expats wanted for financial claims, said security sources, noting that the first suspect, a Filipina, had been wanted over KD 1,332, the second, an Egyptian, had been wanted for KD 2,342 and the third was a Pakistani wanted over a debt of KD 1,468.

Justice Palace fight hearing set for March 7
The court of misdemeanors yesterday set a hearing on March 7 to review a case related to a fight between the sons of the late Sheikh Fahd Al-Ahmad and Lo’ai Al-Khorafi and Ibrahim Al-Kandari at the courts complex. Notably, the public prosecution office had referred sheikhs Athbi, Khaled and Dhari Al-Fahd to court for trading blows and insults with Khorafi and Kandari in the Palace of Justice while hearing the ‘Fintas Group’ case.

Trafficker’s case adjourned
A court yesterday adjourned a case filed against a former senior Ministry of Interior official, who is also a ruling family member, for trading in visas sold to some Egyptian expats along with some other businessmen and women pending summoning some of the defendants. Notably, the court had charged around 25 people of forgery and visa trafficking.

Firearm possession
The criminal court yesterday annulled a previous verdict sentencing a citizen in absentia to three years in jail with labor over charges of possessing a firearm and shooting during a wedding in Jahra and acquitted him.

Man found dead
A citizen died at his ranch along Salmi highway, said security sources, noting that the man was not feeling well and an ambulance was dispatched to the ranch where paramedics tried to save him, but he had died before they arrived. The body was referred to forensics to decide on the cause of death, that initially appears to be natural.

Ministry reshuffle
Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khaled Al-Sabah issued ministerial decisions appointing a number of senior officials. The decision included appointing Major General Farraj Al-Zobi as Mubarak Al-Kabeer security director, Major General Ali Madhi as deputy security director in Jahra, Brigadier Abdul Rahman Al-Suhail as director of the weapons detectives department and Colonel Waleed Musaed as his assistant.

By Meshaal Al-Enezi and A Saleh

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