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AMIR ORDERS AMNESTY FOR PRISONERS – ‘No plan to block Twitter’ – Kuwait to prosecute medical ‘tourism’

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 6, (Agencies): His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, on the occasion of the forthcoming Eid Al-Adha, has ordered amnesty for remaining duration of imprisonment for some prisoners. He has also ordered commuting sentences for some of the convicts, said the Acting Deputy Amiri Diwan Minister Khaled Boudai on Tuesday.

Communication and information technology commission refuted rumors that the social media messaging service, Twitter, will be blocked in the country. Jamming Twitter goes against freedom of speech and opinion, the Commission’s Vice-Chairman Khaled Al- Kandari told KUNA on Tuesday. The Commission is an avid supporter of the freedom of expression, he stressed. No social network will be blocked in the country, he continued; these rumors are utterly “untrue.” He pointed out that all social networks function under laws and no action will be taken against any of them unless it goes through proper legal channels.

Following reports of discrepancies in the Overseas Medical Treatment the Council of Ministers plans to take action and put at rest certain issues surrounding corruption by examining the files of patients who claimed they were sick and were sent for treatment overseas, reports Al-Jaridah daily.

The daily added, those who are found to have cheated the government will be referred to the Prosecution and they will be asked to refund the money spent on their ‘treatment’ and travel.

The sources added, HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah is said to have stressed during a Cabinet meeting and informed Minister of Health Dr Ali Al-Obeidi that only those patients approved by committee formed by the Council of Ministers in cooperation with the Ministry of Health will be sent for treatment abroad. The sources pointed out during the meeting the Prime Minister has stressed on the need to take firm action to end corruption in the overseas medical file.

The source added the Prime Minister has stressed on the need to complete the treatment when people go overseas for treatment from maladies such as cancer, while others who wait for their turn must reassess their cases again. The Prime Minister also said if the treatment is available in Kuwait, the request to go overseas for treatment will not be entertained.

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