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IT crime cases likely to swamp courts

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 14: Minister of Justice, Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Yacoub Al-Sane said Thursday that he is still waiting for the draft law on regulating the work of Kuwait Bar Association lawyers. He then stressed the need to study the draft law thoroughly, indicating it should come from an official body Asked whether the courts will be swamped with cyber crime-related cases, Al-Sane explained the information technology crimes are prevalent everywhere, citing as an example piracy and misusage of electronic media which are not covered by the old law.

He pointed out some people erroneously thought the Cyber Crime Law applies only to Twitter users, clarifying it is more comprehensive than the old law. Meanwhile, the Interior and Defense Committee in the Parliament will meet Friday in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammed Al-Khaled and Head of the Central System for Remedying the Status of Illegal Residents (CSRSIR) Saleh Al-Fadalah.

The committee will discuss the proposals to amend Amiri Decree number 15/1959 or the Nationality Law, grant citizenship to the children of Kuwaiti women married to non-Kuwaitis and specify the number of those who will be granted citizenship. In another development, MP Mohammad Tana said the Ministry of Commerce and Industry undersecretary recently issued a ministerial decree on the closure of the whole central market in Jahra, instead of just the pavilions whose owners were found to have violated regulations.

He accused the undersecretary of taking decisions based on emotions without considering the law. He wondered how the undersecretary could serve as a jurist if he does not respect the law. He urged the minister of commerce and industry “to quickly intervene in order to address such irregularities, or else, he will pay the political price.”

By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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