Granting Kuwaiti citizenship a ‘sovereign’ matter; Forgers face prison

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KUWAIT CITY, Oct 25: There is no tendency at the moment to establish what the legal sources called the ‘Unification of Judgments’ department at the Courts of Cassation to look into the nationality cases and said the final judicial rulings have already settled 90% of the cases based on clear principles, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting a high-ranking legal source. On the future of citizenship cases, the source told the daily, “In light of the parliamentary demands that these cases be looked into by the judiciary,” legal sources insisted the final verdicts have already been issued and that the original nationality cannot be withdrawn, unlike the acquired citizenship.

The source added, on the issue of granting the citizenship the judiciary has no role in such matters calling it a sovereign matter in Kuwait just like other countries of the world. The state grants the citizenship to whom it deems worthy and has its own conditions and foundations. With regard to forgery of nationality cases, the source said these are criminal offenses and the court has the right to look into them.

In most cases, the source said, the forgers face imprisonment and are obliged to return to the country double the monetary benefits they have acquired on the strength of the fake citizenship. The legal source said that the conclusion is that there is no intention to establish a ‘unification of judgments’ department in cases of nationality before the Courts of Cassation and said the forgery of nationality is a criminal offense, a majority of the forgers have been convicted and there is no statute of limitations.

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