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Arrests made in HIV-linked homosexual case; Raid in fish market

The illegal expats arrested in a massage parlour.
The illegal expats arrested in a massage parlour.

KUWAIT CITY, May 30: Three individuals – an Iranian, an Egyptian and a Bedoun – were arrested at Kuwait International Airport before they escaped from the country in order to avoid being investigated over a recent case involving an HIV-positive Egyptian expatriate.

Investigations also led to the arrest of 11 expatriates who are accused of committing immoral activities inside a massage club. According to a press statement issued by Ministry of Interior, an Egyptian national, who had arrived in the country on commercial visit visa sponsored by a health club, was detained after discovering that he is HIV positive.

A team of officers from the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Health had launched investigations to identify and take necessary action against the individuals with whom the suspect had sexual relations. A number of Egyptians were eventually summoned for questioning and medical tests; many of them were discovered to be HIV-positive and some are even at the advanced stage of the disease. Further investigations led to the discovery of a massage parlor for men where immoral activities were being carried out. A team of detectives from the General Department for Residency Investigations was formed to raid the massage parlor.

They arrested eight expatriates of different nationalities – four Syrians, three Filipinos, an Indian and a minor. They were also discovered to have violated the residency law. During interrogations, they confessed that they are working for the massage parlor and had engaged in immoral activities with their clients for which they were paid.

Raid in fish market
The Food and Markets Monitoring Unit of the Services Followup and Inspection Department affiliated to Capital Municipality recently carried out an inspection campaign inside the Fish Market in Al-Mubarakiya during which officials issued 19 citations and requested the closure of a shop and destruction of 22 kilograms of fish, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

The inspection was a part of a campaign titled ‘Your Health Concerns Us’ which was initiated by the Municipality in preparation for the Holy Month of Ramadan. It will cover all activities of various departments and monitoring teams in the Municipality branches across the six governorates.

According to Director of Services Follow-up and Inspection Department at Capital Municipality Eman Al-Kandari, the campaigns are being held in food shops, restaurants, cooperative society stores, markets and sale outlets. She declared that the Public Relations Department participated in the campaign held at the Al-Mubarakiya Market, revealing that the campaigns are based on directives from Director General of Kuwait Municipality Eng Ahmad Al-Manfouhi.

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