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Sheikh and a Bangladeshi charged with violating Environment Protection Law

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Charges carry jail term not exceeding 10 yrs

KUWAIT CITY, May 1: The Ahmadi Prosecution is looking into the case of two members of the ruling family for violating the Environment Protection Law, reports Al-Rai daily.

The daily said one of the Sheikhs who owns a farm in collusion with his Bangladeshi caretaker of the farm allowed sewage tankers carrying industrial waste to be emptied into his farm for a KD 2 fee per tanker and allegedly earned approximately KD 3,000 a month.

This industrial waste was carried from the farm by an underground pipe which was not connected to the government drainage network.

This way the industrial waste was disposed in an open area which polluted the environment. It so happened that when the Environment Public Authority (EPA) got news about the incident, field personnel were dispatched to the area and the Sheikh was caught red-handed who then admitted to the charge.

The monitoring and follow-up team saw another Sheikh in the area and upon questioning and interrogation, he confessed that he was aware of what was happening but denied his relationship either with his compatriot or the Bangladeshi.

According to a security source, “the EPA team took a sample of the material discharged from the farm and examined it in the laboratory of the General Authority for the Environment.

The effluents discharged from the farm proved to be high in harmful bacteria and the rise in sludge and sewage contaminated materials which are hazardous waste that can spread diseases and cancers after seeping into groundwater in the country.

The source added, “After reviewing the results of the laboratory tests and presenting it to the Director-General Sheikh Abdullah Al-Hamoud of the EPA the three suspects were referred to the Prosecution. The two men — the Bangladeshi and the owner of the farm — have been charged with violating the provision of Article 29 of the Environment Law, which carries a jail term for a period not exceeding 10 years and a fine KD 200,000

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