MoI re­jects re­ports of Iraqi mil­i­tary moves near bor­der

Plates of vi­o­lat­ing cars to be re­moved No jam­mers in jails

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Hanan Al-Saadoun and Agencies

KUWAIT: The Min­istry of In­te­rior yes­ter­day re­jected lo­cal re­ports on un­usual Iraqi mil­i­tary moves near the Kuwaiti-Iraqi bor­der. Com­ment­ing on such news, the min­istry’s Un­der­sec­re­tary Maj Gen Ab­dul­lah Al-Muhanna was quoted by the min­istry’s se­cu­rity in­for­ma­tion de­part­ment as say­ing in a state­ment that there are no Iraqi mil­i­tary moves, mo­bi­liza­tion or de­ploy­ment on the bor­der. In this con­text, Muhanna stressed that Kuwaiti bor­der se­cu­rity per­son­nel are do­ing their du­ties prop­erly and well aware of their due re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. He urged ev­ery­one in the coun­try to ob­serve pub­lic in­ter­est and na­tional se­cu­rity that should be put above all other con­sid­er­a­tions.

Later yes­ter­day, the Iraqi de­fense min­istry also de­nied the re­ports that mil­i­tary troops were de­ployed in the south of the coun­try near the borders with Kuwait. “Iraqi se­cu­rity forces have not car­ried out any move­ment in the south, and the re­ports about mil­i­tary for­ma­tions near the Iraqi-Kuwaiti borders are not true,” a min­istry source, who did not want to be named, con­firmed to KUNA.

Mean­while, the min­istry’s re­la­tions and se­cu­rity me­dia direc­tor Brig Adel Ahmed Al-Hashash an­nounced that ef­fec­tive to­day, Sun­day, Oct 30, all ve­hi­cles block­ing or de­lay­ing traf­fic on var­i­ous roads would be fined and have their li­cense plates re­moved for a cer­tain pe­riod.

A sticker will also be placed on them, ask­ing driv­ers to check with rel­e­vant de­part­ments to pay the fine and rec­ol­lect the plates af­ter the sus­pen­sion pe­riod is over. Hashash ex­plained that this de­ci­sion was made to ac­ti­vate ar­ti­cle 42 of the traf­fic law which au­tho­rizes the traf­fic direc­tor to with­draw driv­ing li­censes and/or reg­is­tra­tion and li­cense plates for a max­i­mum of four months. Hashash warned that driv­ing a ve­hi­cle with­out li­cense plates is to­tally banned.

The in­te­rior min­istry also de­nied a press re­port claim­ing that there are jam­ming de­vices with health risks for in­mates at the Cen­tral Jail. “This (claim) is ut­terly un­true,” the pub­lic re­la­tions and se­cu­rity me­dia de­part­ment said. It added that no pro­hib­ited de­vices that could have ad­verse health ef­fects have been used. Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment, cor­rec­tional in­sti­tu­tions in­clude of­fi­cers and civil­ians, men and women, work­ing there, and it is against logic to ex­pose them to any health haz­ards. It urged the me­dia to ver­ify such news and up­hold pub­lic in­ter­ests which are on top of all pri­or­i­ties.

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