The Unjust Imprisonment of Nicodemus Acosta: Navy Veteran Sentenced to 25 Years in Kuwait
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On August 25, 2018, Nicodemus Acosta was asleep in his home when Kuwaiti Officials kicked his door in and began illegally searching his house for drugs that he was accused of distributing by an individual who had been arrested days before. According to the Kuwaiti Constitution, Article 38: "The home is inviolable; therefore, save in the cases determined by Law and in the manner stipulated therein, no person may enter any home without the dweller's permission." His home was ransacked and his property was destroyed. He voluntarily gave the Kuwaiti officials the approximately 6 grams of Marijuana he had in his home, which is enough for personal use only. [Kuwait Constitution, Article 31: "No person may be arrested, imprisoned, searched, have his residence restricted or be restrained in liberty of residence or of movement save in conformity with the provisions of the Law. No person shall be subjected to torture or to ignominious treatment."] Nicodemus was arrested, beaten and then detained in a Detention Center. [Kuwaiti Constitution, Article 34: "The accused is innocent until proved guilty in a Court of Law which shall guarantee him the necessary sureties to exercise his right of defense. The accused shall not be bodily or mentally injured."] Once it was determined that his case would go to trial, he was eventually relocated to the public prison. The prosecutor's office weighed the 6 grams of Marijuana on a scale while it was inside of a jar, causing the total weight to read as 800 grams vice the actual 6 grams he voluntarily gave to them the night of the search. Possession of 800 grams was what was written in the report, eventhough the evidence on file contradicted what was written. Nicodemus submitted numerous requests for a Bail hearing and they were repeatedly denied. He was detained in Prison without being formally charged with a crime from August 25, 2018 until March 13, 2019. At his most recent hearing he was sentenced to 25 years on charges of Drug Use and Drug Trafficking, although there was no evidence to support the Trafficking charge. Nicodemus Acosta is a loving father, a native New Yorker and a U.S. Navy Veteran. He was working as an IT contractor, supporting U.S. Forces in Kuwait for 3 years, prior to his arrest.
He has no previous criminal record, and we cannot allow his life to be spent doing time based off of Fabricated Drug Charges and Falsified Evidence.
In the US, we are given a fair trial, and are assumed innocent until proven guilty. Currently, he is facing 25 years. We will not allow this to go unnoticed, we are bringing this to the forefront. There are many other Americans with eerily similar stories and this needs immediate attention!
We have contacted the U.S. Embassy repeatedly and we have been told they are unable to help him, which is completely unacceptable. All they have done are well checks and he has paid out of pocket for a Kuwaiti lawyer. Should we as Americans, be skeptical of traveling or working abroad for fear of this type of treatment from our own country? Bring home Nicodemus Acosta and the many other Veterans that served and sacrificed for our country. This seems all too common in Kuwait and it needs to be addressed.
Time is of the essence. My family and I are in desperate need of an intervention. He is missing out on the opportunity to witness his son grow up and mold him into a strong young man. So much has transpired in these last few months, he's lost two grandmothers, one of which who raised him. His father is also not in good health. Please make Nicodemus Acosta a priority and let's FREE HIM NOW!
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