MP queries Ab­dally cell es­cape to Iran ‘14 flee’

Arab Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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.

In­volve­ment

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.

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