MP queries Abdally cell escape to Iran ‘14 flee’
KUWAIT CITY, July 17: MP Waleed Al-Tabtabaei has forwarded queries to Finance Minister Anas Al-Saleh, in his capacity as the official in charge of the Customs Department, about the escape of 14 prisoners involved in the Abdally terrorist cell through the sea to Iran on the day the Cassation Court announced its verdict.
He wants to know how the prisoners escaped, names of those in charge of ships that departed from the port of Kuwait on the day of the jailbreak, if the Interior Ministry intends to coordinate with Iran to facilitate the return of the fugitives for them to continue serving their prison term, and steps taken by the ministry to prevent recurrence of the incident which is considered a serious breach of national security.
Citing high-ranking security sources, the Al-Seyassah daily said the 14 men fled to Iran on speedboats hours after Kuwait’s supreme court sentenced them to lengthy jail terms for plotting attacks in the Sunniruled emirate.
In a related development, MP Mohammed Hayef asked acting Minister of Information Sheikh Mohammed Al-Abdullah about the director of a Kuwaiti television channel — one of those sentenced to jail for involvement in Abdally terrorist cell.
He demanded a copy of the channel’s license, names of its board of directors, names of directors from inception till date, and copy of the correspondence between the ministry and the channel regarding the absence of the director involved in the terrorist cell.
He also inquired about the action taken by the channel after the announcement of the verdict and copies of the minutes of meetings in this regard or results of investigation if any; otherwise, he wants to know the reasons for not taking action.
He requested as well for copies of complaints filed against the channel since its inception and measures taken after receiving these complaints.
Meanwhile, MP Khalil AlSaleh has stressed the need to resume talks on issues concerning the office of Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) in London as well as to ensure strict supervision and follow-up of all accounting procedures in this office which has been away from oversight and audit systems. “Since the initial talks on these issues in the 2015 Parliament, the lawmakers have been calling on the State Audit Bureau to look into the issues but we have not received any response until now,” he disclosed.
He urged the concerned authorities including the Fatwa and Legislation Department to address the issues, especially those related to foreign investments. He added the State Audit Bureau must appoint observers or accounting bureau members in this office and all other offices handling public money. “We will evaluate the steps taken before we go for any other option. Our priority as lawmakers is to protect public money,” he concluded.