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Kuwaiti national manipulates company needs, sells 200 work permits – ‘Staring’ leads to free-for-all in Al-Rai shopping mall

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KUWAIT CITY, Feb 19: A quarrel among four Kuwaiti juveniles inside a popular mall in Al-Rai area resulted in a head injury to one of them. According to security sources, when securitymen received information about the quarrel, they rushed to the location and settled the quarrel among the four youths. One of the suspects was referred to Farwaniya Hospital as he had sustained a head injury, while the remaining suspects were taken to Andalous Police Station. Investigations revealed that the cause of the quarrel was because the two parties glared at each other. The suspects have been detained at the police station and will be referred to the Public Prosecution. The sources affirmed that securitymen patrol all commercial complexes in all governorates for ensuring the safety of Kuwaiti and expatriate visitors and arresting the violators of law.

Illegal visa transfer: Twelve Egyptians have been taken into custody following the illegal transfer of their farm visa to a car rental company, reports Al-Rai daily. The daily added, the arrests came after the transfer raised many eyebrows in the General Department of Residence Affairs Investigation which resulted in the arrest of a non-Kuwaiti who owned the farm. Police investigations revealed the transfer was done in collaboration with one of the employees working at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor. As soon as the Director-General of Investigation Affairs Brigadier Saud Abdullah Al-Khedr received information a task group was formed to conduct investigations and arrest the suspects. The source added, the investigation team revealed at the outset that the transfer of work permits was done illegally at the Farwaniya Labor Department and subsequently the Farwaniya Labor Department was addressed. However, the department denied any such transfer had taken place. In a short while, all the 12 Egyptians were arrested upon direct orders from the Assistant Undersecretary for Citizenship and Passports Affairs at the Ministry of Interior Major-General Mazen Al-Jarrah. The source pointed out following the arrest, all the men confessed to paying KD 700 each to the non- Kuwaiti owner of the farm where the 12 men worked. The source added the non-Kuwaiti at first denied the allegation and then when he was confronted with the statements admitted to the charge and said he forged the work permits in collusion with the employee of the Ministry of Social Affairs to complete the fraudulent transactions which have not been documented in the ministry’s records.

Life for drug kingpin: The Criminal Court presided over by Judge Met’ab Al-Aredhi sentenced the main suspect of a cocaine-trafficking case to life imprisonment with hard labor, and acquitted the other five suspects, says Al-Seyassah. Public Prosecution accused the suspects of bringing cocaine into the country for trafficking. Attorney Ali Al-Ali, who was representing the sixth suspect, urged the court to acquit his client because the case documents did not contain any evidences against him. He added that the procedures followed for arresting his client were not legal due to lack of a warrant from the Public Prosecution.

Visa trafficker held: Personnel from the Directorate-General for Intelligence at the Residence Affairs department of the Interior Ministry have arrested a citizen for trading in visas and bringing into the country 200 workers after manipulating the estimated needs of his company, reports Al-Jaridah daily quoting reliable sources. The sources indicated the citizen owns a general trading and contracting company, affiliated to the Labor Department of the Capital Governorate and during interrogation he confessed to the authorities and in front of the Public Prosecution that he had receive KD 90,000 following the recruitment of these workers in violation of Law No. 91 for the year 2013, which was issued to combat trafficking in persons.

‘Justice, then deportation’: The Director-General of the General Department of Criminal Investigations, Major-General Mahmoud Al-Tabbakh has denied that a ministerial decision has been issued to deport expatriates who attacked and assaulted a securityman in Farwaniya, reports Al-Rai daily.

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