APPEALS VERDICT ‘HARSH’ … MP CONFIDENT OF ACQUITTAL

Special session may clear sports law – December deadline looms

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 29: National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Ali Al-Ghanim has asked the government to attend the special session slated for Sunday to discuss the sports draft law in view of the latest developments in the move to lift suspension of Kuwaiti sports. Speaking to journalists on Wednesday, Al-Ghanim pointed out that “given the importance of this issue for Kuwaiti youths and in accordance with Article 72 of the Rules of Procedure on calling for a special session, I invited the government to the special session on Sunday.”

He stressed this is a matter of urgency as the draft law is about the dates of meetings of international organizations. After meeting acting Minister of Commerce and Industry and State Minister for Youth Affairs Khalid Al-Rawdhan on the same day, Al-Ghanim asserted, “I do not rule out the possibility that there are attempts from outside to disrupt the sports session, but I am confident the MPs will approve the bill.”

Furthermore, acting Minister of Justice Faleh Al-Azab confirmed that the government will attend the special session in order to pass the draft law. He said this is an urgent matter since it is linked to external dates which they cannot change. “We will do everything that is required to pass the bill, especially since this is related to the suspension of local sports.”

Also, Chairman of Youth and Sports Committee MP Sadoun Hammad Al-Otaibi reiterated that approval of the bill is an urgent matter considering the deadline is on Dec 4, so the speaker called for a special session on Dec 3 to approve the bill. He said the committee has completed the draft law which was submitted to the speaker before the resignation of the government and the Assembly must vote on it before Dec 4, indicating this is vital to ongoing efforts to lift the suspension on local sports.

In another development, MP Waleed Al-Tabtabaei, one of the MPs convicted in the National Assembly building storming case, said he feels very comfortable because he did not steal and did not give up his principles. He added he protects public funds and spares no effort in protecting his country from those keen on harming it.

He also quoted his lawyer, Attorney Mubarak Al-Harbi, as saying all Kuwaitis have agreed that the ruling of the Court of Appeals is harsh. “We did not accept the ruling, so we challenged it at the Court of Cassation,” he added while stressing that he trusts the judiciary and he believes they will be acquitted by the Court of Cassation.

He pointed out the path towards reform is long and hard, asserting the fight against people engaged in corruption necessitates patience and determination. “A believer is not afraid whenever he suffers, especially if what he is experiencing is the price he must pay to protect the funds and interests of Kuwaitis, as well as to defend the homeland from the lurking evil,” he concluded.

 

By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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