MP proposes amendments to penal code
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.