Melwin Fernandes, an Indian national, who had served eight months prison in Kuwait for unknowingly carrying a banned substance into Kuwait, which was given to him by a friend’s wife in India, was recently declared innocent by the Kuwait Court.
Melwin was arrested at the Kuwait airport on 9 February, 2014 for possessing huge quantities of tramadol, used as a painkiller and banned in Kuwait.
After 8 months in jail Melwin was granted bail in October, 2014 pending trial. However with persistent efforts by his wife Carol and community members and with the help of authorities, Melwin was able to prove his innocence.
The Indian embassy has repeatedly informed all Indian nationals to refrain from carrying parcels without knowing the content or verifying the sender’s identity. Melwin’s case was one among many, who unknowingly carry parcels for friends or relatives containing banned substances.
Melwin was declared innocent by both courts of Kuwait and is therefore able to return back to resume employment in the country.