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Tuesday , December 11 2018

MP calls for amendments to penal code and criminal law – Many terrorists receive acquittals due to procedural flaws

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 8: MP Faisal Al-Kandari has called for immediate amendments to the penal code and criminal law, taking into account the current developments in the regional situation and emergence of extremist terrorist groups which are not classified in the law.

In a press statement, the lawmaker indicated that many of the suspected terrorists received acquittals from court due to procedural errors or lack of legislation, stressing that the actions committed or planned by some terrorists for undermining Kuwait’s security were clear and visible to everyone.

He insisted that the legislation require proper definitions and necessary modifications to cover various forms of terrorism and crime in light of the accelerated pace at which related events are occurring in the region as well as the emergence of radical and extremist terrorist groups that undermine unity and work on destroying the country by committing terrorist activities such as bombings or planning acts of aggression within the state.

Al-Kandari demanded the government coordinate and combine efforts with the legislative committee by providing the lawmakers with important provisions to put an end to the process of acquittals due to lack of legislation, such that the members of the committee can study the required amendments quickly and work on avoiding the acquittal of every traitor to the country.

Sanctions
He stressed the need for enacting legislation agreed by the two authorities to include severe sanctions that will deter terrorists and criminals who plan to extend their crimes into the Kuwaiti territory as well as those who cooperate and collaborate with groups classified as terrorist by either joining them or supporting them under their banner.

In another development, MP Yousef Al-Zalzalah urged to hold accountable those officials who ordered to use millions of dollars for purchasing a mansion in the United States of America. In a short press statement, Al-Zalzalah stated, “The government claims to be anxious about the possible crisis in the future concerning the economic situation of the country. At the same time, it pays $18 million for buying a mansion in the US capital. Therefore, we hope the parliament’s Budget Committee will hold the concerned officials accountable for misusing public money in such a miserable way”.

Meanwhile, MP Abdullah Al-Turaiji affirmed that many of the decisions taken by the Head of Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) Bader Al-Saad are temperamental and illegal, indicating that Al-Saad behaved arrogantly by ending the services of competent Kuwaiti staff in KIA.

He explained that one of the victims of Al-Saad’s decisions is Dr Sayed Ahmed Rifai whose services in KIA was terminated last month but legal methods to ensure the right of staff such as investigation and other customary procedures were not followed.

Al-Turaiji revealed that Dr Al-Rifai was honored by the state when he received General State Prize for Economics in 2015 for his work ‘The historical development of using money’.

He added that Minister of Information Sheikh Salman Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah, while announcing the winners of the State Prize, had stressed Kuwait’s concern for its pioneers and innovators. He appreciated their achievements and described them as role models for Kuwait’s young generations in serving the cultural and intellectual aspects of the state.

By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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