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Lawyer files complaints against minister for failing to ‘reinstate’ boards of co-ops

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 13: Lawyer Mohammad Al-Ansari lodged two complaints recently with the Public Prosecution, demanding the referral of Minister of Social Affairs Dr Ghadeer Aseeri to the Court of Ministers for refraining from implementing judicial rulings issued in the name of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah for reinstating the boards of directors of Mubarak Al- Kabeer, Qurain, Qusour and Adan cooperative societies, after they were dissolved in violation of the law. Meanwhile, judicial sources affirmed that a report related to the illegal appointment of judicial experts is still pending with the factfinding committee of the Ministerial Court, which has not yet decided the level of its seriousness since its referral on Dec 8, 2019.

They explained that the committee, in the coming days, will decide in accordance with Article 3, which stipulates the formation of an investigation committee composed of three Kuwaiti advisers to the Court of Appeals who are chosen by the general assembly of the court for a period of two years, as well as two others as substitute members to complete the formation of the committee in the absence of a full-time member under any given circumstance.

This committee will exclusively examine the communications submitted in writing and signed to the Public Prosecutor alone. The communication must be referred to the committee within two days at most. It shall confidentially examine the seriousness of the communication. Upon receiving the communication, it shall immediately inform the Minister of Justice, His Highness the Prime Minister and the Speaker of the National Assembly accordingly. Minister of Justice may provide the committee with a note containing his remarks on the communication.

In his statement, Lawyer Mohamed Ansari said, “After we obtained the verdict issued by the Court of Cassation which invalidated the appointment of 560 experts, the rationale indicates suspicion of squandering of public funds, and tampering with the papers of those accepted for the position.
“This means they should be referred to the permanent investigation committee of the Ministerial Court to investigate the facts referred to in the ruling issued by the Court of Cassation. “There is also suspicion of forgery of official documents because the administration in question initially modified and manipulated the results of written tests and personal interviews.

This invalidates the results of written tests and personal interviews among the official documents as issued by the state and approved by one of its personnel. Manipulation of these documents constitutes a criminal offense stipulated in Articles 257- 259 of the Penal Code.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies

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