‘Suspend expat driving licences’ – Appeals acquits former MP Al-Duwailah in libel lawsuit

KUWAIT CITY, March 20: Lawyer Mohammad Al-Ansari, representing a group of Kuwait citizens, has filed an administrative case in which he urged concerned authorities to temporarily suspend the validity of all driving licenses of expatriates until Ministry of Interior takes measures to fix the traffic issue in Kuwait.

Lawyer Al-Ansari justified by saying the case “highlights the slackness of Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Public Works in carrying out their role in solving the traffic crisis which the country is witnessing on a daily basis and has been negatively affecting citizens”.

In his statement, he said, “The traffic crisis in the country has reached an unbearable level. It has become hard to bear the scenes of traffic congestion and traffic paralysis in such continuous manner, which is reflecting an uncivilized image”. Lawyer Al-Ansari lamented that the constant traffic congestion exposes deep flaws and the absence of a clear strategy for solve this choking crisis. He affirmed that this matter needs judicial intervention to suspend the validity of expatriates’ driving licenses with the exception of some professions”

Appeals acquits former MP Al-Duwailah in libel lawsuit
The Court of Appeals upheld the decision of the Court of First Instance and acquitted former MP Nasser Al-Duwailah and Scope TV crew of issuing malicious statements against the Egyptian leader and the country’s military institute. The case file indicated the Public Prosecution Department charged Al-Duwailah based on Article 4 of Law No 30/1970 for violating the security of a foreign country during a live interview he granted on Scope TV and purportedly made statements capable of undermining official ties between Kuwait and Egypt.

He was prosecuted upon a petition filed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs accusing him of threatening diplomatic relations between Kuwait and Egypt. The ministry demanded the MP should be punished according to Article 4 of law number 40/1970 for violating security of another country. The aforementioned article stipulates three years imprisonment against any person recruiting individuals illegitimately to fight against a friendly country or engages in any act that may incite cause war or carry out attacks against a friendly country in a manner that could jeopardizes Kuwait’s diplomatic relations.

Firms sued: A lawyer has filed a complaint with the Public Prosecutor against a group of livestock companies that signed a document to suspend the import of sheep from Iran, Jordan, Oman, and Georgia. In his complaint, the lawyer said the aforementioned document signed on March 12, 2017 entailed suspending the import of sheep from the aforementioned countries until May 15, 2017, although the companies are licensed to import livestock from abroad to cover shortage in the local production. He added the step taken to suspend import of livestock will adversely affect the national economy, as it violates trade agreements signed between Kuwait and the countries in question, which will go a long way to affect prices of meat. He added the recent statement issued by the companies revealed they lied about their decision of suspending import of sheep on claims that it was due to the excessive number of sheep available in the local market. The lawyer considered the step taken by the livestock companies to be unlawful according to Law No. 10/2007 that concerns the protection of competition.

 

By Jaber Al-Hamoud
Al-Seyassah Staff

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