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MoI rejects riot reports as large-scale drive launched to find drugs in prison

Injuries reported in scuffle: report

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 14: The families of inmates of the central prison gathered in front of the prison, to express their displeasure at the way how they were treated by the Special Forces inside the Central Prison, reports Al-Qabas daily. This happened when the security forces were looking for contraband allegedly hidden inside the facility by the prisoners and the prisoners resisted being searched, which prompted the Special Forces to use force.

Relatives of the prisoners gather outside the Central Prison.

This gave the social media users to blow the issue out of proportion and under the Hashtag they commented on ‘Violations of the Central Prison’. In the meantime, the Public Relations and Security Media General Department at the Ministry of Interior released a statement and commented on what was published by some social media sites, about the existence of riots inside the prison complex.

To dispel rumors, the ministry stated the Security Control and Support Team, affiliated to the Correctional Institutions Affairs Sector and the Sentences Enforcement Department launched a surprise periodic inspection inside the Central Prison wards and at that point in time some inmates of the Central Prison refused to cooperate with the authorities.

The ministry indicated during the surprise inspection campaign, “some inmates were caught using highly sophisticated cell phones inside one of the cells so legal measures against them and confiscate these phones. Some of the inmates refused but they were forced to hand over.”

Some policemen and some inmates were injured during a scuffle and they had to be referred to the Farwaniya Hospital to receive the necessary treatment. According to a statement issued by the Ministry, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior, Lieutenant General Essam Salem Al-Neham, visited the Central Prison, and was briefed on the security measures taken by the inspection team, and was assured of the safety of procedures through the security system represented by security surveillance cameras.

The statement added that the senior Ministry officials were present at the site, including Major-General Talal Ma’arafi, Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior for Correctional Institutions, Major- General Muhammad Al-Anzi, Director-General of the General Administration of Control and Inspection, Colonel Salah Al- Shatti, Director-General of the General Administration of Legal Affairs, and lawyer Mohammad Hamzou Sarkhou.

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