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Airbus deal no K-Dow...‘Let it fly’ Adsani urges rejection of security pact

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 21: “Sufficient number of discussions regarding the Kuwait Airways Corporation (KAC) signing the deal for purchasing and leasing new aircraft from the Airbus Company has been carried out. There is no justification for delaying the deal especially since the KAC’s privatization law has already been approved by the parliament,” say governmental sources.

They indicated that the formation of a parliamentary committee to investigate KAC deals should not hinder the signing of this deal, as it was approved by several government authorities and revised by the parliament and an international legal team. They stressed that the parliamentary investigation committee has the right to check with the Airbus Company regarding the deal, as it is not a secret deal and does not violate any of the laws.

Indicating that the Airbus Company has offered concessions that were so far never offered to any of its clients, the sources clarified that the signing the deal is within the jurisdiction of the executive authority and was agreed through KAC’s privatization law to purchase and lease aircrafts. They assured that the KAC deal will not turn out to be like the K-Dow case and it will not be cancelled because it represents one of the most important developmental projects in Kuwait. They added that the deal is an essential milestone to achieve in the eventual privatization of KAC for the interest of the country.

Meanwhile, the Parliamentary Public Utilities Committee will hold a meeting next Sunday to discuss the telecommunication authority law. Sources revealed that the government supports the law, which is expected to be approved by the committee and the parliament in the current legislative round. They added that the committee will also discuss the Municipality Law during the meeting.

It intends to approve the one-vote system of the elections of the Municipal Council and change the number of its constituencies from ten to five. In another development, MP Riyadh Al-Adsani said it is better to reject the GCC security pact instead of postponing its discussion, indicating that that he along with some of his colleagues will make such a demand because the pact violates the Kuwaiti Constitution. In a press statement, MP Al-Adsani explained that articles 2 and 3 of the security pact does not elaborate what it means by the term ‘crime’ and does not identify its types, whether it is of financial, political and other such types.

He said Article 6 calls for the unification of laws and regulations following the approval of the pact, adding, “It is certain that new crimes will be introduced and freedoms will be further restrained”. He indicated that Article 10 of the pact stipulates the request of support from another state for the purpose of cooperation, stressing, “This is a clear and blatant infringement of Article 1 of Kuwaiti Constitution”. He added, “Article 14 calls for joint patrols and the opening of borders between member states, which is considered as interference in the sovereignty of the State”.

Extradition
MP Al-Adsani said Article 16 stipulates the extradition of wanted suspects. However, this contradicts articles 30 to 35 of the Kuwaiti Constitution, which states that an accused is innocent until proven guilty. He stressed that the extradition of a wanted person to another state merely because he or she is considered an ‘accused’ as per Article 16 of the pact will lead to his/her trial based on the law of that state especially since laws vary in different member states. Based on Article 20 clause (a) of the pact, MP Al-Adsani indicated that the pact has become effective for the past 30 days when it was ratified by five states, insisting that the Kuwaiti Parliament must reject the pact. He added that postponing the discussion of the pact will work in favor of the pact as per the stipulations of Article 20, which contradicts Article 70 of the Kuwaiti Constitution. “Therefore, it is necessary to expedite its refusal”, he insisted. He went on to say Article 20 clause (c) states that the pact can be amended, and this phrase allows the amendment or repealing of some articles or the addition of new ones. However, since the date of signing the pact, no amendments were made to any of the articles contrary to the government’s statement that the pact was amended in line with the Kuwaiti Constitution.


By: Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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