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Court refuses to set free royal, lawyers in ‘Fintas Group’ case – ‘No Pakistanis deported’

KUWAIT CITY, July 13: The Court of Appeals chaired by Judge Abdul-Rahman Al-Darmi refused to set free suspects in the “Fintas Group” case, including Sheikh Athbi Al-Fahad and Ahmad Al-Daud, and Lawyers Falah Al-Ajraf and Abdul- Mohsen Al-Ateeqi. It set July 20 for hearing. The court ordered the Public Prosecution Department to summon the prosecution officer over the submission of document of trust to the General Department of Criminal Investigations on 23/3/2015.

The judge ordered release of the suspects whose innocence has been proven. He also ordered the witness of Sheikh Athbi to annex a copy of the former’s file while he was serving at the State Security Department. He ordered the technical support expert to be summoned with the sole agent of Samsung in Kuwait. He also ordered defendant counsels to copy the case file, writ of summon, and memo of the reasons for the appeal. All suspects were present at the court session except Sheikh Khalifa Al-Ali, Saud Al-Asfour and Hamad Al-Haroun who were sentenced by the Court of First Instance.

Meanwhile, the state security systems and similar security agencies of all Gulf Cooperation Council countries work hand in hand to foil plots of terrorists, sleeper cells and terrorist organizations particular organizations such as the Islamic State or the so-called DAESH, reports Al-Anba daily quoting high-level security sources.

The sources added the exchange of information of late has seen a high degree of efficiency and state-of-the-art technology that has been used by the GCC states to tighten the noose around the neck of the terrorists and prevent them from taking their activities to a high level.

The sources explained vigorous monitoring include following up, tracking down and putting under surveillance those who are known to embrace deviate thoughts, extremism and fanaticism in addition to those who sympathize with the ideals and beliefs of the terrorist organizations.

In Kuwait those who tend to show sympathy for the terrorist organizations have been kept under control.

In the meantime, the sources stressed the government does not punish innocent people for offenses committed by a relative or loved ones.

This statement came following reports that three Pakistanis had been deported from the country because they were relatives of the Pakistani who was allegedly involved in a terrorist crime in Saudi Arabia. The government described the reports as baseless and ungrounded.

The source pointed out Kuwait and GCC has limited the entry of citizens of certain countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Iran, Syria and Iraq into Kuwait. However, before a visa is issued to these nationals their names and purpose of visits is thoroughly checked by the State Security and the rest of the agencies in the GCC countries before referral to the senior authorities for approval

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies

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