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Saudi jailed for forgery; Conjugal visits for inmates begin

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 10: The Criminal Court sentenced a Saudi, an employee of the Ministry of Defence to seven years imprisonment to be followed by deportation, ordered his termination from job and ordered him to pay double the money he had earned through falsification of documents, reports Al-Rai daily.

The convict worked as lance corporal in the Kuwait Navy. He apparently got the job in the Navy after forging the civil ID to show he is Kuwaiti and reportedly earned about KD 24,000 in salaries in addition to other benefits. The Saudi also forged his educational certificates and the driving license.

The court also sentenced six Syrians to four years in prison with hard labor and ordered them to repay double of the amount they had received after acquiring Kuwaiti citizenship on the strength documents. Case papers indicate investigations carried out by securitymen revealed a Syrian had paid money to a Kuwaiti to add him in his file to obtain the Kuwaiti nationality and then helped other compatriots to acquire the citizenship under the same Kuwait and got employed in the National Guard and the Ministry of Oil.

Conjugal visits begin
The Correctional Institutions administration from (today) Wednesday will use the services of 7 female employees to drive the families of prison inmates to the Central Prison who wish to pay a visit to their loved one serving time, reports Al-Anba daily quoting a reliable source. However, the administration said the visits will be once every three months inside the prison in what is called the ‘Family Home’ and will be from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm provide the inmate meets all the conditions for such a ‘family reunion’.

The source said that Assistant Undersecretary for Correctional Institutions and Facilities and Provisions Enforcement Affairs at the Ministry of the Interior, Major- General Abdullah Al-Muhanna and Director-General of Prisons Brigadier Adel Al-Ibrahim are said to have given instructions to the Head of the Family House Fahd Al-Shimmari to facilitate the procedures for the stay of families of the inmates and ensure they have all the comfort during the visit. The source pointed out, according to instructions issued by the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior, Mahmoud Al-Dosari, the Ministry of Interior will provide vehicles to transport the families of the inmates instead of the buses that were used for earlier. He pointed out; the family inspection procedures are recognized. The source stressed the pioneering step taken by the State of Kuwait is to facilitate the inmate to maintain the family bond.


By Meshal Al-Sanousi Al-Seyassah Staff

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