MP Hayef de­mands of­fi­cial state­ment over ‘Ab­daly cell’

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - By B Iz­zak

KUWAIT: Is­lamist op­po­si­tion MP Mo­ham­mad Hayef yes­ter­day called on the in­te­rior min­is­ter to is­sue a state­ment as soon as pos­si­ble about the re­ported es­cape of 14 mem­bers of the so-called pro-Iran “Ab­daly cell”. News re­ports on Sun­day said 14 of the 26 mem­bers of the cell fled Kuwait hours af­ter the court of cas­sa­tion over­turned their ac­quit­tals and sen­tenced them to var­i­ous jail terms. The men re­port­edly fled to Iran by sea and are be­lieved to be liv­ing in the Is­lamic repub­lic. The gov­ern­ment has re­mained silent over the re­ports.

Hayef said that it is un­ac­cept­able that the Kuwaiti peo­ple do not know the where­abouts of 14 con­victs of the cell, which was con­victed of plot­ting at­tacks in the coun­try. “The min­istry of in­te­rior must clar­ify whether the men are in Kuwait serv­ing their jail terms or are out­side the coun­try,” he de­manded. Hayef called for quickly ap­pre­hend­ing the 14 con­victs and those who are hid­ing them or who helped

Mem­bers of the cell, con­sist­ing of 25 Kuwaitis and one Ira­nian, have been con­victed of hid­ing large quan­ti­ties of arms and am­mu­ni­tion in­clud­ing ex­plo­sives, hav­ing links with Iran and Le­banese Hezbol­lah and plot­ting at­tacks in Kuwait. The main sus­pect was sen­tenced to life, while 20 oth­ers were sen­tenced to be­tween two and 15 years in jail. Two were ac­quit­ted and three oth­ers, in­clud­ing the Ira­nian, re­main at large. Hayef said that he re­mained silent for a long time un­til the fi­nal ver­dicts were is­sued, and now af­ter the rul­ing was passed, the min­istry must in­form peo­ple about the mea­sures it has taken or plans to take against the mem­bers, es­pe­cially those who have al­legedly fled the coun­try.

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