Au­thor­i­ties call for info on ab­scond­ing con­victs

Tabtabaei urges emer­gency ses­sion over pro-Iran cell

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - By B Iz­zak

The In­te­rior Min­istry yes­ter­day said that any­one with­hold­ing in­for­ma­tion on the where­abouts of con­victs in­volved in the “Ab­daly ter­ror cell” should con­tact au­thor­i­ties im­me­di­ately or face le­gal reper­cus­sions. A state­ment pro­vided by the min­istry urged any­one with in­for­ma­tion on the crim­i­nals to come for­ward and con­tact 112, af­ter au­thor­i­ties “re­ceived ev­i­dence that some of the con­victs are at large”.

The in­te­rior min­istry pub­lished the pic­tures of 14 mem­bers of the 26-mem­ber cell who are ab­scond­ing. It also pub­lished the pic­tures of two of three other mem­bers who had been at large since the cell was busted in Aug 2015. The min­istry said in a state­ment that ac­cord­ing to its records, the 14 men had not left the coun­try from reg­u­lar exit ter­mi­nals. Lo­cal news­pa­pers had re­ported that the men fled to Iran by sea.

“We call on all ci­ti­zens and res­i­dents to co­op­er­ate with se­cu­rity forces and pro­vide any in­for­ma­tion they might have,” the state­ment noted. The min­istry warned “all those who con­ceal any in­for­ma­tion on the con­victs or are com­plicit in help­ing them es­cape will face in­car­cer­a­tion for two years and/or a fine of no more than KD 1,000”. In Sept 2015, the pub­lic pros­e­cu­tion in­dicted a num­ber of in­di­vid­u­als for acts that threat­ened na­tional se­cu­rity and unity. The de­fen­dants were ac­cused of pro­vid­ing in­tel­li­gence to Iran and Hezbol­lah as well as hous­ing weapons, am­mu­ni­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion de­vices.

Mean­while, Is­lamist op­po­si­tion MP Waleed AlTabtabaei said yes­ter­day he plans to call for an emer­gency Na­tional Assem­bly ses­sion to dis­cuss the pro-Iran cell. Tabtabaei said on his Twit­ter ac­count that he is co­or­di­nat­ing with op­po­si­tion MPs Mo­ham­mad Hayef and Mo­ham­mad Al-Mu­tair to re­quest the emer­gency ses­sion for the Assem­bly, which is cur­rently on sum­mer re­cess. Tabtabaei and his col­leagues must se­cure the sig­na­ture of 33 MPs in or­der to sub­mit a re­quest call­ing for the emer­gency ses­sion, ac­cord­ing to Assem­bly laws.

Tabtabaei and Hayef have sent sev­eral ques­tions to the in­te­rior min­is­ter about the 14 men and de­manded that the min­istry is­sue a state­ment clar­i­fy­ing the re­ported es­cape. The 14 men were set free af­ter the ap­peals court ac­quit­ted them last year. But the court of cas­sa­tion over­turned the rul­ing and sen­tenced them to var­i­ous jail terms.

Jaa­far Ja­mal Ab­dul­ridha Dahqan Mustafa Khan Mo­ham­mad Al-Hu­sainy Hus­sein Al-Bathar Essa Baqer Ab­bas Al-Mou­sawi Has­san Al-At­tar Hashem Ali Ali Ab­dul­rahim Has­san Ja­mal Ab­dul­mohsen Dashti Yousef Ghathan­fari Basel Dashti Mo­ham­mad Haji

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