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Panel identifies 13,278 suspicious immigration transactions SAB demands law enforcement as it records 200 financial violations

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 19: The Undersecretary of State Audit Bureau Ismail Al-Ghanim announced that the bureau recorded about 200 financial violations in 2013, demanding the concerned state authorities to enforce the law. Al-Ghanim declared this in the sideline of an annual intercommunication forum titled ‘Joint vision towards distinguished cooperation for positive enhancement and avoidance of remarks and its solutions’, which was held at the bureau’s headquarters with the organizations that are under its supervision. He stressed that the bureau does not refer any employee or organization to the Public Prosecution, as the role of the bureau is to audit and identify violations as well as to prepare periodic and annual reports.

However, in case of any criminal case pertaining to a financial matter, the bureau addresses the matter to the concerned officials who refer it to the Public Prosecution after carrying out administration investigations. Al-Ghanim indicated that the lack of officials to work on the recommendations and remarks of the bureau as well as negligence in taking necessary measures towards violations hinders in serving as proper deterrent for the violators.

Meanwhile, the Assistant Under-secretary of Supervision on Ministries and State Departments Sulaiman Al-Busairi said the objective of the meeting was to establish communication between the bureau and government bodies in order to create a partnership for enforcing the audit bureau law. He said, “The bureau is the safety pin of state projects through its preanalysis and post-analysis”, adding that several past and current studies indicate that projects are not delayed due to pre-oversight because the bureau takes about a month from the allotted period for execution of the project in order to complete its tasks.

Meanwhile, the committee formed by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Mohammad Al- Khalid to investigate illegal immigration transactions has identified 13,278 suspicious transactions that were carried out from the beginning of this year until last week, reports Al-Rai daily quoting reliable security sources. They said the investigation committee, which is headed by the Director General of Immigration Brigadier Ghazi Al-Lami, held its first meeting few days ago to determine the legality of those transactions, adding that it will continue its work on a daily basis until it reviews all transactions. It will then send a report about the violations to the Minister of Interior by the end of next month. They explained that the committee has been filtering all immigration transactions that were conducted in every governorate since the beginning of this year and has already identified a number of suspicious immigration transactions including those of work, family and visit visas.

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