Bid to cut overcrowding in prisons
KUWAIT CITY, Feb 3: The Ministry of Interior in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has contacted the concerned authorities in seven countries to receive their citizens who are serving prison terms and have served much of their time so that the rest of the sentence can be completed in their home countries, reports Al-Qabas daily.
The seven countries are Iran, Egypt, Iraq, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. Iraq is said to have responded to the Kuwaiti request and has already received 13 prisoners and Iran 130 prisoners in 3 batches over the last few days in the framework of bilateral prisoner exchange agreement signed between the two countries. However, the sources said those serving time in state security cases not covered by the extradition pact.
The sources gave two reasons for the extradition of prisoners – one these countries top the numbers of prisoners and two this step comes within the framework prominent Kuwaiti role in humanitarian work. The sources indicated some of the countries do not wish to receive their prisoners even though their numbers are big in the Central Prison.
The sources explained the move will reduce, to a large extent the number of prisoners in the country and give breathing space to those who are serving time. The sources said, there are specific conditions that must be agreed upon in the process of handing over prisoners, the most prominent of which is the agreement from the prisoner to complete the remainder of his sentence in his home country, in addition to the approval of his country to receive him/her.
The sources indicated most of the prisoners who were deported were those who committed minor crimes, or had reached advanced ages, and had become a burden on the country in terms of the cost of imprisonment and the provision of health care. The sources praised the move, which is in public interest, and helps reduce the number of prisoners inside the Central Prison which has exceeded its capacity.