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Two Kuwaitis, Egyptian held selling ‘fake visas’ to Asians – ‘No ban on driving on left shoulder’

KUWAIT CITY, April 29: Public Relations and Security Media Department of Ministry of Interior announced that officers from General Department for Criminal Investigations apprehended a three-member gang of two Kuwaitis and an Egyptian specialized in issuing fake visas, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

The department explained that when detectives from Fintas CID unit of Ahmadi Governorate received information about the clandestine activities of the gang, they monitored the suspects and discovered that they were charging KD 400 for each visa. Verification of the authenticity revealed that the visas were fake.

The officers later used an undercover agent to approach the suspects as a prospectus client with marked money. The trick worked out with one of them, a 1992-born unemployed Kuwaiti citizen. He confessed that they falsified the visas through computer distortion of information on an original document.

They erased the data on the document and amended them to tally with request of their clients. He pretended to be an officer of rank ‘First Lieutenant’ and his target clients were Asians, whom he deceived so that they would use the visas to invite members of their families. Indicating that they made seven fake visas in total, the citizen revealed that his accomplices are an unemployed 1989-born Kuwaiti and a 1984-born Egyptian citizen who is a company representative (mandoub).

The officers found on them 20 signed and stamped blank visa forms, a laptop and a scanner. The documents found on them also included 16 completed fake visa forms. All three suspects were arrested and referred to the concerned authority for necessary legal procedures.

‘No ban on driving on left shoulder’
The Public Relations and Security Media Department of Ministry of Interior denied the news that has been circulating on social media that the ministry has banned motorists from driving on the left lane of the roads as per the traffic rules and regulations. In a press statement issued by Ministry of Interior, the department affirmed that the traffic rules and regulations in this regard have not changed except for the inclusion of the violation of driving on the left lane based on Article 207 of the traffic law.

The article stipulates that the vehicle will be seized for two months if the driver violates this law by driving on the left lane. Concerning driving on the right lane, the department affirmed that the ban still stands. It stressed that using the right lane is absolutely prohibited as it is designated only for emergency purposes. It reiterated the rules concerning driving on the left lane, which are —

The speed of the vehicles should not exceed 45 km/hour on the emergency lanes of the following roads:- King Abdulaziz Expressway to and from Sixth Ring Road and Third Ring Road, King Fahad Expressway to and from Sixth Ring Road and First Ring Road, King Faisal Expressway to and from Sixth Ring Road and Fourth Ring Road, Ghazali Road to and from Sixth Ring Road and Fourth Ring Road, Fifth Ring Road from King Abdulaziz Expressway until Andalous intersection and Sixth Ring Road to and King Abdulaziz Expressway until Farwaniya Hospital intersection.

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