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‘Stopping citizens, expats at checkpoints is illegal’ Legal permit must: judges, lawyers

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 10: 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.

In another development, MP Nabil Al-Fadhel intends to submit a draft bill similar to the Royal Decree issued by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz to criminalize participation in ‘Jihad’ (holy war) in Syria.

He alleged some people are encouraging youths to participate in the Syrian war, only to be slaughtered like what happened earlier in Afghanistan. He wondered why the case is being ignored deliberately, made worse by the continuous collection of donations to buy weapons for slaughtering people.

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