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Drones curbed

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 28: Undersecretary of Ministry of Interior Lieutenant General Sulaiman Al-Fahad affirmed that Ministry of Interior will ban the unauthorized use of radio-controlled planes and copters (drones) with built-in cameras over private properties and vital sites from Nov 29.

According to a press statement issued by Ministry of Interior, the undersecretary stressed the need for everyone to cooperate with the security authorities for the protection of important facilities and vital sites and to respect the privacy of families and societal circumstances. Lieutenant General Al-Fahad said, “Protecting the rights, freedoms and privacy of citizens is an integral part of the tasks of security authorities. They will do everything possible to achieve those objectives”.

He explained that it has been noted of late that some wireless planes with built-in cameras have been seen hovering at different heights above houses, private properties of citizens and restricted areas such as the Amir’s palace, vital sites, army bases, ministries and government authorities. Article 16 of the State Security Law stipulates that those who misuse such radio-controlled planes could face imprisonment for up to three years and/or a fine of up to KD 3,000.

Lieutenant General Al-Fahad stressed that the use of such equipment to take pictures illegally is matter that necessitates the security authorities to take required measures for protecting state security and privacy of citizens. He affirmed that authorization of Ministry of Interior is mandatory for the use of such planes during special social occasions such as weddings or when filming artistic works, reiterating that it is a must to inform the ministry so that authorization for the use of these planes can be granted based on security regulations.

Lieutenant General Al-Fahad indicated that some people have also been using such planes for wrong purposes such as smuggling drugs, similar to what happened in the Central Prison, and other illicit activities, warning that security forces has the right to bring down all planes spotted without proper permit by any means possible.

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