Cairo: A Kuwaiti court had thrown out a lawsuit seeking KD37,000 in compensation for losses allegedly incurred as a result of a total curfew against COVID-19 imposed in the country earlier this month.
A government commercial circuit at the High Court rejected the suit filed by a vegetable merchant against the prime minister, demanding financial damages due to losses he purported to have suffered after the government had imposed a 20-day full curfew last May, Al Jarida newspaper reported Tuesday.
The claimant argued in the suit that in April he had contracted importing a shipment of Indian onions as Kuwait was at the time suffering from a shortage of this commodity.
But the government’s decision to impose the curfew made it difficult for the merchant to obtain official permits to take delivery of the cargo, the suit said.
The curfew resulted in the perishing of the stuff, which had been stored into container ships for three weeks, according to the merchant. He also claimed losses as a result of two-month shipping and accumulated fines.
Rejecting the suit, the court explained that the government had exercised its constitutional right by imposing a full curfew during the aforementioned period with the aim of limiting the novel coronavirus and protecting public health.