Kuwait work­ing to free stu­dent de­tained in US

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - By A Saleh

KUWAIT: Kuwait’s Em­bassy in the US, the am­bas­sador and the em­bassy lawyer are closely fol­low­ing the case of a Kuwaiti stu­dent who is cur­rently de­tained at a US prison, high-rank­ing sources at the for­eign min­istry stressed. Nayef Al-Rasheedi could pos­si­bly face a nine-year prison sen­tence for hav­ing some im­ages and videos on his mo­bile phone that were deemed by US au­thor­i­ties as ‘sus­pi­cious’. The sources added that se­ri­ous at­tempts are un­der­way to re­duce Rasheedi’s sen­tence or have him re­leased un­der guar­an­tees from the em­bassy.

The sources urged all Kuwaitis trav­el­ling to the US or other coun­tries not to have any sus­pi­cious im­ages or videos on their mo­bile phones in or­der to avoid le­gal ac­count­abil­ity, es­pe­cially since many coun­tries are un­der threat from ter­ror­ist groups. Ear­lier, blog­gers had urged the for­eign min­istry to in­ter­vene in solv­ing the prob­lem and have the Kuwaiti stu­dent re­leased, re­mind­ing that he is only 19 and has been in prison for five months now.

Health in­sur­ance

The Min­istry of Ed­u­caiton (MoE) has not paid its ex­pat em­ploy­ees’ health in­sur­ance to the health min­istry for seven months, from Jan­uary till the end of Au­gust 2016, said the as­sis­tant un­der­sec­re­tary for fi­nan­cial af­fairs Yousef Al-Na­j­jar. Na­j­jar urged MoH un­der­sec­re­tary Khaled Al-Sahlawi to pro­vide him with the over­due sums to pay them. Separately, and on in­struc­tions from Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Bader Al-Essa to amend Ara­bic cur­ric­ula to tackle stu­dents’ weak­ness in learn­ing Ara­bic, MoE’s pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor ap­proved in­clud­ing sto­ries and nov­els in Ara­bic cur­ricu­lums in in­ter­me­di­ate and sec­ondary schools. MoE also asked the fatwa and leg­is­la­tion depart­ment to re­view a re­lated ten­der and re­port back with any re­marks.

Sports com­plex

The Pub­lic Author­ity for Ap­plied Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing (PAAET) yes­ter­day an­nounced that its sports com­plex would open by Nov 6 un­der the aus­pices of Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion and Min­is­ter of State for Youth Af­fairs Sheikh Sal­man AlH­moud Al-Sabah.

PAAET’s stu­dents’ af­fairs dean Dr Hus­sein Al-Mukaimi said the com­plex in­cludes a main foot­ball sta­dium with a ca­pac­ity of 8,000 fans, mul­ti­pur­pose courts and an Olympic-sized swimming com­plex, which would en­able the com­plex to host sev­eral cham­pi­onships.

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