The great crime

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Ah­mad Al-Sar­raf

The anti-cor­rup­tion author­ity con­tin­ues its in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the ‘fake de­grees’ scan­dal, and most of th­ese cer­tifi­cates are con­cen­trated in one of the high­est ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions. In­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed that the ‘Amer­i­can Univer­sity in Athens,’ from which many have earned their de­grees, does not ex­ist, and has a sin­gle flat in a build­ing. The anti-cor­rup­tion author­ity sum­moned sev­eral of those who have fake de­grees is­sued by it for ques­tion­ing, and their state­ments con­tra­dicted each other. It also ques­tioned a le­gal man who used to work in the min­istry, while one sus­pects, a se­nior of­fi­cial, re­fused to ap­pear at the author­ity, so he was of­fi­cially sum­moned to con­tinue the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The author­ity ques­tioned an­other of­fi­cial at the min­istry of higher ed­u­ca­tion who con­firmed that the univer­sity does not ex­ist. The author­ity also sum­moned an ‘of­fi­cial’ in an ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tion and ac­cused him for be­ing re­spon­si­ble for send­ing sev­eral stu­dents to study in a univer­sity that does not ex­ist, so he placed the re­spon­si­bil­ity on his su­pe­ri­ors.

Sources at the anti-cor­rup­tion author­ity in­di­cated that there is an­other group of peo­ple that was men­tioned by an of­fi­cial at the higher ed­u­ca­tion min­istry who re­ceived PhDs, and yet did not leave Kuwait to the coun­tries that they sup­pos­edly re­ceived the PhDs from. The anti-cor­rup­tion author­ity found it strange how all those peo­ple were ap­pointed with­out ver­i­fy­ing the au­then­tic­ity of their cer­tifi­cates.They also won­dered about the rea­son for the ab­sence of the sup­posed co­or­di­na­tion be­tween con­cerned au­thor­i­ties, and the in­abil­ity of the higher ed­u­ca­tion min­istry to in­tro­duce an ad­vanced mech­a­nism to ver­ify cer­tifi­cates and dis­cover those sus­pi­cious among them, bear­ing in mind that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion com­mit­tee at Kuwait Univer­sity met three times only due to dis­agree­ments be­tween its mem­bers, and more cor­rectly be­cause some of its mem­bers did not want to meet. It is clear, from all that, that the is­sue is lim­ited to two is­sues:

The first be­ing that the en­tire state in­clud­ing the gov­ern­ment, ed­u­ca­tion min­istry, ed­u­ca­tional and ap­plied in­sti­tu­tions, and hun­dreds or maybe thou­sands of of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing min­is­ters and mem­bers of Par­lia­ment are in­volved, one way or an­other, in the is­sue of fake cer­tifi­cates, ei­ther by own­ing such cer­tifi­cates them­selves, or hav­ing a vi­tal role in keep­ing silent to­wards them, cov­er­ing up those who hold them, or fa­cil­i­tat­ing by gain­ing from them. This is apart from their cur­rent role in the at­tempt to ob­struct any se­ri­ous at­tempt to ac­count for the num­ber and iden­ti­ties of the forg­ers and hold them ac­count­able for their moral, hu­man­i­tar­ian and ed­u­ca­tional crime.

The sec­ond mat­ter is that the crime here is not re­lated to a case of a run over, killing, tres­pass­ing or be­ing in a ma­jor theft or em­bez­zle­ment. Rather, it is re­lated to the crime of de­lib­er­ate par­tic­i­pa­tion in cor­rupt­ing the brains of tens of thou­sands of stu­dents, and gain­ing mil­lions of di­nars through that cor­rup­tion process, and in turn dam­ag­ing the men­tal health of next gen­er­a­tions and the dan­ger­ous ef­fect on the peo­ple’s to­tal ethics, as well as doubt­ing all laws and leg­is­la­tions in which some of those par­tic­i­pated ei­ther by writ­ing or ap­proval. So is there a moral crime that is big­ger than this? Is it not re­gret­ful that the ma­jor­ity of par­lia­ment mem­bers and mem­bers of its alien phe­nom­ena com­mit­tee are in­volved in triv­ial is­sues such as non-seg­re­ga­tion at swim­ming pools, and not pay­ing at­ten­tion to such a crime? Now, did you know the rea­son be­hind the na­tion’s back­ward­ness? —Trans­lated by Kuwait Times

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