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Court’s ‘ruling’ on Assembly building case shocking: MP

Al-Subeie calls on oil minister to refer certain officials for retirement

KUWAIT CITY, July 17: Chairman of the parliamentary Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee MP Al-Humeidi Al-Subeie said the Court of Cassation’s ruling on the National Assembly building case was shocking, reports Al-Rai daily. In his interview with the daily, Al-Subeie explained, “The ruling lacks the principle of injunction and deterrent which are important aspects of punishment. This is due to the fact that the punishment did not come instantly, it took a long time and within that time many things have changed.” He expects that in any conviction, the ruling will be suspended and no one will be sent to prison.

Nonetheless, he said the matter is now in the hands of the concerned parliamentarians in terms of seeking full pardon or special pardon, indicating both types of pardons have their own procedures which must be followed. On the grilling of Oil Minister Bakheet Al-Rasheedi, Al-Subeie argued the justification that the minister is new and needs more time to put his hands in the affairs of the ministry has become obsolete. He called on the minister to refer certain officials for retirement – whether Nazar Al-Adasani or other officials in oil companies.

He emphasized the need to apply the law on everyone, so all those who have reached 60 years old or served for more than 30 years must be referred for retirement. “If someone worked for 35 years and did not develop the sector, will he develop it within the year his tenure is renewed?” he wondered while stressing the importance of pumping new blood into the oil sector.

He went on to say that Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and State Minister for Economic Affairs Hind Al-Sabeeh has a “protective steel from MPs, not from the government. Consequently, all the agendas the MPs presented before are the same and we will not present them again. Some MPs are protecting her.” He pointed out as well that he highlighted administrative violations in the Ministry of Defense and discussed them with Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Sabah. “I even presented to him videos and documents showing several violations in his ministry. After some time, the minister admitted that the violations I highlighted exist and he is working towards solving them.

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