MP pro­poses amend­ments to pe­nal code

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - By B Iz­zak

Op­po­si­tion MP Ab­dulka­rim Al-Kan­dari said yes­ter­day he has com­pleted a pro­posal call­ing to amend five pro­vi­sions in the pe­nal code to toughen penal­ties against those har­bor­ing wanted crim­i­nals. Kan­dari said the pro­posed amend­ments call for in­creas­ing penal­ties re­lated to crimes of those who evade jail terms and those who pro­vide as­sis­tance to help wanted and con­victed crim­i­nals flee or hide them.

The amend­ments came in light of the re­ported es­cape of 14 Kuwaitis con­victed for be­ing mem­bers of the so-called “Ab­daly cell”, a 26-mem­ber ter­ror cell con­victed of hav­ing links to Iran and Le­banon’s Hezbol­lah, pos­sess­ing large quan­ti­ties of arms and plot­ting at­tacks in Kuwait. The amend­ments must first be ap­proved by Assem­bly com­mit­tees be­fore they can be sent to the Na­tional Assem­bly for a de­bate.

Kan­dari said he backs a mo­tion call­ing to hold an emer­gency ses­sion of the Assem­bly to dis­cuss the im­pli­ca­tions of the es­cape of the cell mem­bers and also bi­lat­eral re­la­tions with Iran. Kuwait ex­pelled around 15 Ira­nian di­plo­mats from the coun­try fol­low­ing the court rul­ing in protest against Ira­nian in­volve­ment in the case. The Is­lamic Con­sti­tu­tional Move­ment (ICM) has called for hold­ing to ac­count all those who helped the cell mem­bers to flee the coun­try.

Mean­while, the gov­ern­ment has in­formed the Assem­bly of its re­jec­tion of a draft law regulating con­flict of in­ter­ests, which has been un­der study by the le­gal and leg­isla­tive com­mit­tee, on grounds that its pro­vi­sions al­ready ex­ist in other leg­is­la­tion. The gov­ern­ment told the Assem­bly com­mit­tee that the ob­jec­tives of the law are achieved through the pres­ence of sim­i­lar pro­vi­sions in other laws, and ac­cord­ingly there is no need to du­pli­cate the laws.

Sep­a­rately, MP Faisal Al-Kan­dari, a mem­ber of the Assem­bly’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion panel, de­nied yes­ter­day that the Kuwaiti health of­fice in Ger­many had deal­ings with an Is­raeli com­pany. The story was re­ported yes­ter­day in a lo­cal daily. Kan­dari said the health of­fice has never dealt with bro­kers or any other com­pa­nies, adding that an in­ves­ti­ga­tion is still go­ing on.

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