‘Procedures faulty in referring visa traffickers to prosecution’ Tougher penalty eyed on attackers of men in uniform

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 15: “Many Ministers of Justice and Social Affairs in the country have tried to apply law on visa racketeers and human traffickers but the reality is that the courts never jailed any of the suspects”, reports Al-Seyassah daily quoting Lawyer Ali Al-Asfour as saying.

Al-Asfour disclosed that people have been discussing this issue extensively, adding that errors have been made in the procedures for referring visa racketeers to the prosecution.

He indicated that the prosecutors do not have sufficient evidences to convict the suspects, which result in the latter’s acquittal.

He further indicated that even when there are sufficient evidences to prosecute the suspects, the method of search and arrest without proper warrant and legal procedures is faulty in most cases.

Regarding the general perception about cases involving visa trading, he stressed that the officials have discovered numerous bogus companies but the government have not yet jailed anyone to serve as deterrent to others.

He pointed out that the expatriates, some citizens and the nation are eventually victims in the visa trading crime, adding that the image of the country and citizens is affected due to the illegitimate activities of few citizens who do not have conscience.

“We plead to concerned officials to prosecute the visa traders in the court with substantial evidences in order to deprive them of any escape route from the wrath of law”, insisted Lawyer Al-Asfour.

Meanwhile, four lawmakers have submitted an amendment to Law No 16/1960 to toughen the penalty on persons who attack men in uniform to 15 years imprisonment, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

According to the amendment which will be added to Article 134 of law No 16/1960, the penalty will be 15 years imprisonment minimum and KD 15,000 minimum fine or one of the two for persons caught attacking or humiliating police personnel or military men or the National Guard.

They have added the paragraphs to Article No 135 to read as follows:

  •  If the victim is one of the police personnel, the penalty is minimum 10 years imprisonment and fine of minimum KD 10,000 or one of them.
  •  If the police force is attacked during rallies or demonstration or parade or a gathering with the aim of resisting while performing official duties, the penalty shall be minimum 15 years imprisonment and fine of minimum KD 15,000.

The two decisions are to be applied in case any of the military personnel, securitymen or the National Guard is attacked. This decree of law No 12/2008 cancels any verdict or law opposing this draft law.

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