Five held for col­lect­ing funds for Is­lamc State

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By A Saleh

State se­cu­rity de­tec­tives ar­rested five Syr­ian na­tion­als over ac­cu­sa­tions of il­le­gally col­lect­ing do­na­tions and send­ing them to fund the Is­lamic State (IS) group in Syria, said se­cu­rity sources. The sources added state se­cu­rity au­thor­i­ties had re­ceived in­for­ma­tion from West­ern in­tel­li­gence agen­cies about funds trans­ferred from Kuwait to ter­ror­ist groups in Syria in­clud­ing IS, Fateh Al-Sham (for­merly Nusra) and other banned or­ga­ni­za­tions. “By trac­ing the in­for­ma­tion, in­ves­ti­ga­tions led to a Syr­ian liv­ing in Su­laibikhat who ad­mit­ted to trans­fer­ring large sums to these groups for months,” ex­plained the sources, not­ing that large amounts of money were also found in the sus­pect’s house. The sus­pect con­fessed to trans­fer­ring the funds through an­other Syr­ian and his three sons, who own an of­fice in Jleeb Al-Shuy­iukh, who were also ar­rested. The fa­ther con­fessed that he used to send the money with his sons to Deir Ez­zour, which is con­trolled by in­sur­gents.

Dis­missal ru­mors

Min­is­ter of Jus­tice and Min­is­ter of State for Cabi­net Af­fairs Faleh Al-Azab de­nied that his meet­ing with the Public An­tiCor­rup­tion Au­thor­ity’s board of trustees had re­sulted in dis­miss­ing the chair­man, as claimed on so­cial me­dia. “This is ab­so­lutely un­true,” he un­der­lined, urg­ing blog­gers to be more ac­cu­rate. Azab added that he had met Chair­man Abdul Rah­man Al-Na­mash, his deputy Riyadh Al-Ha­jri and Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ahmed Al-Ru­maihi, and dis­cussed bridg­ing gaps. He added that he would ac­cord­ingly re­port to the Prime Min­is­ter.

Pay­ments

MP Shuaib Al-Muwaizri yes­ter­day filed an in­quiry with Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Fi­nance Min­is­ter Anas Al-Saleh ask­ing about pay­ments made by the Cen­tral Bank to the Prime Min­is­ter, pre­vi­ous or cur­rent Cabi­net mem­bers, the speaker of the house and cur­rent or pre­vi­ous law­mak­ers other than their salaries and al­lowances since July 31, 2016.

So­cial aid

MP Thamer Al-Sowait warned the min­is­ter of so­cial af­fairs and la­bor against her de­ci­sion to sus­pend so­cial aid given to Kuwaiti women mar­ried to non-Kuwaitis. “We strongly re­ject vi­o­lat­ing fe­male cit­i­zens’ con­sti­tu­tion­ally guar­an­teed rights,” he stressed, not­ing that ac­cord­ing to records, 1,300 women re­ceived so­cial aid ac­cord­ing to law 12/2011 amended by law num­ber 23/2013. Mean­while, MP Saleh Ashour yes­ter­day pro­posed a bill sug­gest­ing grant­ing Kuwaiti women mar­ried to non-Kuwaitis so­cial, chil­dren and rent al­lowances, in ad­di­tion to pay­ing al­lowances to those in so­cial care homes un­til they are em­ployed.

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