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MP pokes opposition on Barrak-accused invisibles

KUWAIT CITY, July 8: “It seems the people whom Musallam Al-Barrak has been accusing of corruption are invisible because he has not referred any of them to the Public Prosecution,” says MP Nabil Al- Fadel. Al-Fadel made the statement in response to the former lawmaker’s declaration in a demonstration Monday night that, “All Kuwaitis are with me until we reach an elected government.” He alleged the only supporters of Al-Barrak are children, teenagers and the wicked who continue to listen and accept his narratives.

He also wondered how Al-Barrak will topple the corrupt and put them to trial if he does not believe in the Kuwaiti judiciary. Al-Barrak was released the same day on KD 5,000 bail after attending the first hearing in a case filed against him for insulting the Supreme Judicial Council.

He then participated in the demonstration held in front of the Criminal Investigation Department building to demand for the release of those who have been detained for joining protests which continued for the fifth consecutive day in Sabah Al- Nasser where the march took off towards the Central Prison.

The demonstrators raised slogans through which they expressed support for Al-Barrak, denounced the government and judiciary. Special Forces later intervened and fired stun grenades to disperse the crowd. Addressing those who attended the demonstration, Al-Barrak asserted, “We will not stop unless an elected government is formed and corruption is eliminated. We are not afraid of prison.” He also pointed out the youths are considered the backbone of such moves.

Moreover, MP Faisal Al-Kandari commended HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah for stressing the need to apply the law on everyone in order to safeguard the State’s constitutional institutions as well as the private and public facilities. He made the statement recently when he received well-wishers on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan in his diwaniya in Sabahiya. A number of prominent figures, ministers, senior officials and dignitaries attended the event.

Al-Kandari said the people and the government must comply with the Amir’s instructions for everyone to work together in maintaining national security and stability. This is in addition to protecting the constitutional institutions, especially the judiciary which, according to the Amir, was and will remain the citadel of fairness and justice as well as the source of honor and pride for the people of Kuwait.

He called on the people to unite and set aside differences for Kuwait to overcome challenges caused by external forces. He pointed out the nation will not achieve these goals unless everyone respects the law. He also emphasized the need for the government to strictly implement the laws enacted by the Parliament.

Meanwhile, Parliament Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanem received Tuesday in his office, former head of Iraq’s Governing Council Mohammed Bahar Al-Ulloum and his accompanying delegation. They discussed the ongoing crisis in Iraq and its impact on the region.

During the meeting, Al-Ghanim underscored the importance of dealing with the issue in a democratic manner. He said this action should involve all components of the Iraqi society and other countries in the region but public welfare must be prioritized in every step.

Deputy Speaker Mubarak Al- Khurainij, a number of MPs and Iraqi Ambassador to Kuwait Mohammed Hussain Mohammed Bahar Al-Ulloum attended the meeting.

Furthermore, MP Humoud Al-Hamdan has asked the Arab and Islamic societies to take a stand and stop Israeli attacks on Palestine, particularly in Gaza. He asserted the continuous attacks on Al-Aqsa  Mosque, which is considered one of Islam’s holy places, is absolutely unacceptable, let alone the attacks on Palestinians.

He demanded for military intervention from the United Nations (UN) in order to stop Israeli air strikes on innocent people, an act the he described as “monstrous.” “They have been acting as if the random arrests and killings are not enough,” the MP added as he expressed bewilderment over the regional community’s silence on the matter.

By: Abubakar A. Ibrahim and Ahmed Al-Naqeeb Arab Times Staff

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