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JASTA effects on Kuwait mulled – ‘Time to curb rising flat rents’

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 9: The government will form a team consisting of members from the ministries of Interior, Foreign Affairs and Finance in addition to the Fatwa and Legislation Department to follow up consequences of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), reports Al-Jaridah daily quoting sources.

Sources disclosed the team will look into the possibility of using JASTA against Kuwait as some citizens are involved in terrorist groups like Sulaiman Bu Ghaith who was implicated in the Sept 11, 2001 attacks and Muhsen Al-Fadli in the USS Cole bombing in Yemen on Oct 12, 2000.

Sources explained that although the government of Kuwait is not responsible for those actions, the team will study the entire issue. Meanwhile, an informed source revealed the recent meeting of the GCC Public Prosecutors in Riyadh discussed the effects of JASTA on GCC countries.

The source said the GCC Public Prosecutors decided to form a team whose members are from the GCC public prosecutions and the Secretariat General of the GCC to study the consequences of JASTA and to issue a relevant document. In another development, it is now time to draft a law to regulate house rents in order to control the owners of real estate properties, reports Al-Seyassah quoting MP Faisal Al- Duwaisan.

In a press statement Saturday after the government announced its plan to grant KD 150 rent allowance to expatriate teachers, Al-Duwaisan pointed out the law must specify rents for flats according to the location and size especially since the rents have dramatically gone up. He asserted the remarkable increase in rents has negatively affected the citizens and expatriates while the government keeps on watching silently.

He went on to say he suggested specifying rents according to the governorate and size of the flat two years ago but the bill remained in the Legislative Committee of the Parliament. He added, “Today we are waiting for the government to do its part in monitoring the market to prevent increase in the price of any commodity due to the fuel price hike.” And, State Minister for Housing Affairs Yasser Abul said the Public Authority for Housing Welfare (PAHW) is determined to build 185 residential buildings which will consist of 2,200 apartments in Sabah Al-Ahmad area in order to provide rented accommodation especially to Kuwaiti women and beneficiaries of the “those who sold their house” law, reports Al-Rai daily. He indicated that the signing of the contract for the design of the buildings will be held next week

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