Law­maker de­mands strip­ping Ab­dali cell con­victs off na­tion­al­i­ties

No law­suits from ex­pat teach­ers: Min­is­ter

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By A Saleh

MP Dr Waleed Al-Ta­batabae sug­gested yes­ter­day that the gov­ern­ments withdraws the Kuwaiti na­tion­al­ity from cit­i­zens con­victed in the Ab­dali cell case, say­ing that their crimes amount to acts of trea­son. “The cas­sa­tion court’s rul­ing states that the con­victs planned to over­throw the rul­ing sys­tem, con­tacted for­eign par­ties, and pro­moted the Ira­nian Rev­o­lu­tion’s ide­olo­gies, which all are con­sid­ered acts of trea­son,” he said in a state­ment yes­ter­day, ar­gu­ing that the con­victs “do not de­serve the honor of hold­ing the Kuwaiti na­tion­al­ity.”

Square one

Mean­while, MP Rakan Al-Nisf crit­i­cized Ta­batabae’s call and said that cit­i­zen­ship should be kept away from po­lit­i­cal strug­gle. “Calls to re­voke the na­tion­al­i­ties of con­victs in the Ab­dali cell case take us back to square one when the gov­ern­ment used the re­vo­ca­tion as a weapon against ad­ver­saries,” Nisf said. The law­maker ar­gued how­ever that should re­vok­ing the cit­i­zen­ships of Ab­dali cell con­victs be con­sid­ered, then the same should be ap­plied to con­victs who were found guilty for join­ing the Is­lamic State (IS) and Al-Qaeda “and threat­en­ing the state’s na­tional se­cu­rity.”

Na­tional Assem­bly Speaker Mar­zouq AlGhanem had an­nounced Sun­day that he sent in­vi­ta­tions to MPs and Cab­i­net mem­bers to at­tend a meet­ing to­day to “dis­cuss the is­sue of fugi­tives from jus­tice,” in ref­er­ence to the Ab­dali cell con­victs who re­main at large. “The meet­ing has been re­quested by a num­ber of MPs to mull over re­gional de­vel­op­ments, in­clud­ing the Al-Ab­dali ter­ror cell and all those es­cap­ing jus­tice,” Ghanem said.

Ex­pat teach­ers

Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion and Min­is­ter of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Dr Mo­ham­mad Al-Fares de­nied re­ports which spec­u­lated that a num­ber of ex­pa­tri­ate teach­ers work­ing in pub­lic schools in Kuwait have filed cases in in­ter­na­tional courts de­mand­ing be­ing paid equally with their Kuwaiti coun­ter­parts. The re­ports had sug­gested that the teach­ers sought to be paid retroac­tively the same pay­ments that Kuwaiti teach­ers re­ceive from the gov­ern­ment. Fares said how­ever that no ac­tual com­plaints were lodged as far as the min­istry’s knowl­edge.

MP Dr Waleed Al-Ta­batabae

MP Rakan Al-Nisf

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