‘Wasta’ cause of 10 pc rise in crime this year – report Students carry knives, sharp objects: official

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 24: An elderly Kuwaiti citizen shot and severely injured his brother at a camp in Kabad area. A family member is said to have referred the injured person to Al-Farwaniya Hospital and was admitted to Intensive Care, but declined to register a case against one of his kin.  Securitymen rushed to the hospital after the doctors discovered the patient had been shot with a pistol by his brother who is a drug addict trafficking in liquor and narcotics. Initial investigation revealed the victim was shot due to an argument with his brother over the proceeds of drug trade. A case was registered for investigation.

MEW cables stolen: Police are looking for thieves who stole cables estimated at KD 180,000 from a Ministry of Electricity and Water project at Jaber Al-Ali area.
Contractor of the project told security operatives that unknown persons stole cables from the site. Criminal Evidences rushed to the scene, lifted fingerprints and registered a case for investigation to trail the suspects.
Caught red-handed: Two Indian guards working at a project in Abdullah Port assaulted an Asian expatriate who was caught stealing cable from the site. Apparently, one of the guards saw the Asian while he was making an effort to steal cable from the site late at night and alerted his partner. They managed to catch him after he tried in vain to escape.  Later, director of the project was told about the incident and he informed the operations Room. Officers were deployed to the scene without delay and the suspect was taken to the concerned authority.

Agencies add:

10 pc rise in crimes: Statistics issued by the Interior Ministry show the crime rate this year shot up by 10%. Statistics attributed mediation (wasta) to the rise of crimes and said it plays an essential part for those who violate the laws, reports Al-Qabas daily.
Statistics also showed one crime is committed every minute. The statistics said 15,000 crimes were recorded in 9 months.
Meanwhile, an official in the education sector, who refused to give his name said school students carry with them knives and other sharp objects.
According to psychology professors at the Kuwait University, combating crime is not the responsibility of one particular authority in the country. In some or the other way the family should bear the responsibility and various other organizations in the community.
Relative betrays trust:
A Kuwaiti woman has filed a complaint with the Farwaniya Police Station accusing her Iraqi relative of betrayal of trust, reports Al-Anba daily.
The complainant said she gave the man 10 million Iraqi dinars to hand over the money to her family in Iraq but the man is said to have kept the money for himself.
The complainant said she attempted several times to call the relative after he arrived in Kuwait, but found the mobile phone switched off.
‘Let stranded bedoun in’: Deputy Premier, Minister of Interior, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Hmoud has reportedly instructed the officers at the Salmi border post to allow a young bedoun to enter the country, reports Al-Shahed daily.
 Earlier it was reported the bedoun was stranded in the no-man’s land because the officers refused to let him in since his Article 17 passport had expired.
However, the bedoun has been referred to the Criminal Investigation Department for customary interrogation.
Man shoots son: In a very strange incident, an unidentified person is said to have shot his son in the thigh with a double barrel gun, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily.
The incident happened in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh. When an unidentified person called the Operations Department of the Interior Ministry paramedics were sent to the area and the victim was rushed to the Farwaniya Hospital.
Police have arrested the father for interrogation.
Shooting down expats:
Police have arrested three Kuwaiti juveniles for shooting at expatriates with an air gun. The incident happened in Al-Surra, reports Al-Rai daily.
The arrest came after six expatriates — one of them an Egyptian — called the Operations Department of the Interior Ministry. The Egyptian was shot in the hand and he saw the suspects hiding next to their house.
A police patrol seized the three juveniles and the gun and referred them to the authorities.
Toy gun scares public: When so-meone called the Operations Department of the Ministry and complained about a man carrying a Kalashnikov rifle, police rushed to the spot and took the man into custody, reports Al-Shahed daily.
However, the weapon turned out to be a mere toy, normally used in a film industry. The man said he bought the ‘weapon’ from the United States.
The suspect was taken to the Salmiya Police Station and was released after he signed a pledge not to carry the toy in public.
Gun in ‘ill’ man’s hand: Patients and visitors to the Psychiatric Hospital rushed to different directions looking for cover when a mentally retarded man snatched a gun from a policeman and pointed at the people, reports Al-Rai daily.
Luckily the gun was not loaded. The daily gave no other details.
Cars broken into: Police are looking for an unidentified person for breaking the rear glass of a vehicle belonging to a Kuwaiti man and stealing KD 1,700, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily. The vehicle was parked in Nugra. Meanwhile, the Al-Rai daily reported police are looking for a thief who broke into the car of a cadet officer and stole cell phones and KD 50 cash. His car was parked in front of the Sa’ad Al-Abdullah Academy for Security Sciences. Personnel from the Criminal Evidences Department have lifted fingerprints to identify the two thieves.

Meanwhile, police are looking for an unidentified person for breaking into two shops in Salhiya and stealing KD 680 from the cash machines, reports Al-Rai daily. Personnel from the Criminal Evidences Department have lifted the fingerprints to identify the culprits.

By: Mishal Al-Sanousi

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