Parliament to discuss classification of groups as terrorist – Bill upholds state structure

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National Assembly is the symbol of Kuwait’s democracy. (KUNA – Mustafa Al-Bader)
National Assembly is the symbol of Kuwait’s democracy. (KUNA – Mustafa Al-Bader)

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 12: Parliamentary sources disclosed that the Parliament has reached a consensus on the proposed law to criminalize terrorist groups in the coming weeks, reports Al-Shahed daily. The source added the legislative committee next week will discuss the proposed classification of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah, Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (DAESH), Boko Haram, al- Qaeda, Abu Sayyaf Group and Al-Nusra Front organization as terrorist groups.

The source said the draft law aims to uphold the structure of the State, as well as its supreme interests, and unity and stability of the homeland in facing the threat of terrorist groups and organizations. The sources pointed to imprisonment term of at least 10 years and not exceeding 20 years against anyone who establishes or organizes a terrorist group or faction, and sympathizes or joins or funds or recruits others to join terror groups or promotes unlawful gatherings of organizations categorized as terrorism entities.

He added the draft law proposes punishment of 10 years imprisonment against each Kuwaiti who joins any armed group or organization outside the borders of Kuwait without a written permit from the relevant authority.

The bill also stipulates the capital punishment against any person who targets HH the Amir or the Crown Prince, and 15 years imprisonment for anyone who attempts to use force or any means of terrorism to change the state constitution or system of government

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