MP tar­gets so­ci­ety with ques­tions over Ab­daly cell

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - By B Iz­zak

Is­lamist op­po­si­tion MP Mo­ham­mad AlMu­tair yes­ter­day sent a se­ries of ques­tions tar­get­ing the So­cial Cul­tural So­ci­ety af­ter he claimed some of its mem­bers were con­victed in the pro-Iran ter­ror cell. The so­ci­ety, with pre­dom­i­nantly Shi­ite mem­bers, was es­tab­lished sev­eral decades ago. It was closed since the mid-1980s, un­til it was re­opened sev­eral years ago.

Mu­tair said in his ques­tions that the court of cas­sa­tion rul­ing con­victed some mem­bers of the so­ci­ety in the pro-Iran ter­ror cell lo­cally known as the “Ab­daly cell”. Since the so­ci­ety is reg­is­tered with the min­istry of so­cial af­fairs and la­bor, the law­maker asked for the names of the board of direc­tors of the so­ci­ety and names of its ac­tive mem­bers.

He asked for a copy of the de­ci­sion es­tab­lish­ing the so­ci­ety, the de­ci­sion or­der­ing its clo­sure and the de­ci­sion for re­open­ing it. He also asked for the amount of funds of the so­ci­ety and funds spent by the so­ci­ety in the past five years. Mu­tair asked if the min­istry ever cau­tioned the so­ci­ety and if its premises is rented or given by the state.

The law­maker in­quired if the so­ci­ety had any joint ac­tiv­i­ties with the Ira­nian cul­tural mis­sion and de­manded the ad­min­is­tra­tive and fi­nan­cial re­ports of the so­ci­ety. He also asked if the min­istry pro­vides the so­ci­ety with an­nual aid. The fact that a num­ber of those con­victed in the Ab­daly cell are mem­bers of the so­ci­ety has pro­moted a num­ber of MPs to de­mand ac­tion against it.

Mean­while, MP Nasser Al-Dos­sari yes­ter­day called on the prime min­is­ter to carry out a Cabi­net reshuf­fle to ex­clude a num­ber of min­is­ters whose per­for­mances were be­low ex­pec­ta­tion, who have not been co­op­er­at­ing with MPs and have failed to re­ply to ques­tions posted by law­mak­ers. The law­maker ex­pected that at least three grillings will be filed at the start of the forth­com­ing term of the As­sem­bly in Oc­to­ber if these min­is­ters were not dropped by the premier.

Dos­sari stressed the im­por­tance of pass­ing the law stip­u­lat­ing to nat­u­ral­ize be­tween 2,000 and 4,000 peo­ple in an at­tempt to re­solve the chronic cri­sis of bedoons, or state­less peo­ple. The law­maker ex­pected that the As­sem­bly will de­bate at the start of the next term a draft law call­ing to abol­ish the cen­tral agency for bedoons in or­der to pre­vent the govern­ment from re­new­ing the agency for a fresh term. Dos­sari said that be­tween 1996 and 2010, as many as 18,000 peo­ple were nat­u­ral­ized, many of them bedoons, but since 2010 when the bedoon agency was es­tab­lished, no bedoon was nat­u­ral­ized.

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