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KUWAIT: Ministry of Interior Undersecretary Lieutenant General Sulaiman Al-Fahad has affirmed the need for security operatives to uphold the right and legal procedures in arresting, investigating and prosecuting people suspected of involvement in crimes, reports Al-Seyassah daily. Al-Fahad made the statement during his recent inspection tour of the Criminal Security Department to personally update himself on its activities and ascertain level of readiness to deal with any case.

He also urged the officers to use advanced technology in tracking down and arresting suspects. Senior officers who received him during the tour included Assistant Undersecretary for Criminal Security Major General Abdul-Hamid Al-Awadhi, Director General of the Criminal Evidences Department Major General Dr Fahad Al-Dousari, Director General of the Criminal Investigation Department Brigadier Mahmoud Al-Tabbakh, acting Director General of Drug Control General Department Brigadier Saleh Al- Ghannam and other directors with their deputies.

Speaking about the tour, Al-Awadhi assured that the security agencies will continue with strong will and unrelenting efforts to stabilize security in the country. He highlighted series of activities according to the laid down mechanisms. He disclosed the agencies have accomplished their goals and maintained order through comprehensive strategies towards maximizing security performance through the combined efforts of all concerned authorities.

Meanwhile, Al-Dousari reiterated that efforts of the operatives were manifested in the clampdown on financial crimes, cheating and protection of public moral within the past few years. He added the officers have controlled fraudulent and counterfeiting activities, citing the arrest of many people engaged in counterfeiting currencies and forging official documents.

KUWAIT: The security agencies in the country have compiled a comprehensive report on the potential risks against Kuwait and its stability, and clarified that there are ‘sleeping cells’ and extremist groups in the country, citing DA’ESH, Jabhat Al-Nosrah, Hezbollah and the mother organization of all extremiststhe Muslim Brotherhood, reports Al- Seyassah daily.

Report indicated the atmosphere of freedom and cordial relationships with beneficiaries coupled with financial wealth has made Kuwait a fertile environment and safe shelter for members of extremist groups. It confirmed the operations of money laundering have increased extensively “and these operations are the direct causes of hikes in the prices of real estate, plots of land and other commodities”, and it’s out of control of the executive authority.

Suspicions
With the files of citizenship and residency, the report uncovered forgery and manipulations that are ruining the structure of Kuwait’s population. Accordingly, the security agencies have begun summoning the people against whom they hold suspicions to put them through DNA testing to discover facts. With reference to the GCC Security Pact, the Parliament Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim called for the MPs to wait until Sunday’s session, although many of them are preparing to travel outside the country. Meanwhile, MP Yaqoub Al- Sane’ has said political convenience compels one to admit that the GCC security pact is a popular demand. He indicated “we have been looking forward to such opportunities since childhood and we hope the GCC will be transformed into a genuine economic, security, and social organization”.

At a seminar the Constitutional Unity Bloc organized on Wednesday, Al- Sane’ said many of those who oppose the security pact have not read its items, and those criticizing the pact blame Kuwait for not sending forces to Bahrain during the incidents of March 2011. He blamed them for proposing a confederacy and then turning around to refuse the security pact at present, indicating “I do not succumb to those who hold private agendas”. In the same context, Dr Fahd Al- Shlaimi, Head of Strategic Studies Center, and Dr Sami Al-Faraj have affirmed that the security pact does not touch the sovereignty of Kuwait, adding some individuals who have no understanding such issues are behind the criticisms.

He explained that the pact aims to achieve integration, collaboration and coordination among the GCC countries in times of crises and disasters, and security disorder, adding the pact is similar to the other GCC economic, judicial and political pacts. He also said Kuwait refrained from signing the document in 1994 before it was modified, because the pact contradicted with the constitution and the welfare of Kuwait. They added the items in the pact say ‘to cooperate and share’ without mentioning any kind of coercion or obligation. He stressed that the region is confronting crucial situations wherein international organized gangs and groups have become a threat. He noted the situation requires dealing with the threat and that the major issue is related to terrorism, crime, money laundering and electronic based crimes

 

KUWAIT: MP Dr Abdullah Al-Teraiji has vowed to deal with what he described as the ‘exploitation of naturalization file’ and injustices done to those who truly deserve the Kuwaiti citizenship, reports Al-Rai daily. He disclosed modifications have been submitted to some articles of Naturalization Law to control government- parliament manipulations and attempts to naturalize undeserving applicants, adding manipulations of this nature have contributed to destroy the structure of Kuwaiti population.

He added some individuals obtained citizenship by ‘Wasta’ and forgery but the citizenship was revoked. According to the proposal he presented, it is allowed to grant Kuwaiti citizenship to persons who have offered magnificent services to promote national development.

The names of such nominees must be published in the official gazette and other Kuwaiti Arabic newspapers attached with an elaborate statement about the nature of sublime services they offered.

Moreover, the nationalities of nominees must be disclosed if they hold other countries’ citizenship and the person who obtains the Kuwaiti citizenship must renounce his previous nationality within three months from the date of naturalization.

Meanwhile, a number of lawmakers in the forthcoming parliamentary session will demand voting on the recommendations presented by the Parliamentary Finance Affairs Committee having to do with options for the proposed increment to the children allowance, reports Al-Anba daily quoting a reliable source.

The same source added the decision to suspend the proposal does not mean giving it up but to give the government grace period to present reasonable alternatives. He is expecting a minimum of 40 MPs will approve the proposal. In a related development, the source said the committee members have asked the government to conduct a study on unifying the salaries of employees holding similar academic certificates.

KUWAIT: The fear of swine flu has returned in Kuwait after the concerned authorities at the Ministry of Health affirmed that six victims of swine flu infection are currently receiving treatment at various hospitals, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting an informed source.

He said many people have been expressing their doubts about the level of preparation of the concerned officials to curb the spread of the disease, adding that he wondered why none of the officials organized a press conference to discuss the latest development concerning the disease.

He recollected that the officials organized a press conference during the outbreak of coronavirus, which is deadlier than the swine flu, revealing that a nurse who was treating a swine flu patient eventually contracted the flu and is currently receiving treatment.

KUWAIT: A number of judges and attorneys have agreed on the illegality of the inspection of citizens and expatriates in the security checkpoints without obtaining permission from the Public Prosecution.

They then advised the public not to allow securitymen to inspect them or their vehicles if the officers will not present the permit, reports Al- Jarida daily.

A judge specialized in penal cases said Article 31 of the Constitution prohibits the arrest or detention of anyone, as well as the restriction of his freedom or home confinement, if the action is not in line with the law.

He clarified the legislator wants to protect freedom of the individual and his rights from the oppression of public authorities, as well as anything related to his private life, unless a legal permit is obtained.

Accordingly, it is not allowed to inspect any person, his vehicle or his accommodation except in two cases; the first is after getting permission from the Public Prosecution or General Investigation Department and second, if the person is caught red-handed.

KUWAIT: The Ministry of Interior is expected to announce a three-month grace period for illegal residents either to leave the country without paying fines or legalize their status, reports Al- Seyassah daily quoting reliable sources. In the same context the sources said the Ministry of Interior is taking stock of residence law violators in all governorates.

The sources stressed the Assistant Undersecretary for Citizenship and Passports Affairs Major-General Sheikh Faisal Al- Nawaf has given instructions for directors of immigration officer to limit the number of offenders and a report on the number of violators is expected to be submitted to the Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khalid.

The sources added the expected amnesty is closely linked to the number of violators and may be announced in conjunction with the national days holidays.

Meanwhile, Al-Anba daily quoted security sources said there are more than 120,000 violators of residence law who will be allowed to leave the country. The daily added, the amnesty is expected to be declared during the first half of this year.

The daily also quoted Assistant Undersecretary for Passports and Nationality Affairs Sheikh Faisal Al- Nawaf has started receiving expatriates who have problems with their residence status.

Sheikh Nawaf will issue instructions to General Immigration Departments in the six governorates to allow transfer or residence after making sure they pay fine not exceeding KD 600.

KUWAIT: As grace-period the Minister of Oil, State Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Dr Ali Al-Omair gave for the oil sector syndicates to call off or suspend their intended strike ended Saturday, knowledgeable sources affirmed that government will not allow any action that may cause the economy to incur nearly $350 million losses each day to the detriment of the nation.

Sources disclosed government’s intention to resort to Article No. 14 of Law 1/1993 related to protecting public funds which stipulates that each public employee or laborer who commits a mistake that leads to huge financial losses or affects the interests of the authority where he works will be sentenced to no less than three years imprisonment or fined a minimum of KD 3,000 to KD 20, 000 or one of the two penalties.

The same article indicates short-term imprisonment with a minimum 3 years and fine not below KD 20,000 and KD 100,000 if the mistake is grave and harms the State’s finances or commercial or economic status or even national interests. The same penalty will be imposed if the mistake is committed during war. In such cases, the court will fire the employee if proven guilty of the offense. The sources explained that government will resort to laws related to the protection of public funds, noting the laws enable government to take necessary measures to protect property and the sources of national income.

They warned on engaging the vital oil sector in the circle of rumors through statements that aim to increase pressure on the governmental institutions to gain advantages which are unavailable to their counterparts in other governmental sectors. In the same context, Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) and Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) have exerted tremendous efforts to outlaw the intended strike by issuing direct and clear warnings to those who have adopted the idea, indicating the sectors have since coordinated with the administration of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation and its subsidiaries to avoid any harm from coming around the sector.

It is worth mentioning that several lawmakers last week criticized the Chairman of Petroleum and Petrochemical Workers Union Abdulaziz Al-Sharthan for supporting the proposed strike. Sources warned any person threatening the homeland with a strike to paralyze the only source of provisions does not have good intention. Minister Al-Omair had announced last Wednesday that emergency plan is ready in case the syndicates do not suspend or cancel the strike at the beginning of the week.

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