MoI cap­tures 12 ‘Ab­daly cell’ fugi­tives, 2 oth­ers at large

Amir thanks in­te­rior min­istry for nab­bing con­victs

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Kuwaiti au­thor­i­ties yes­ter­day ar­rested 12 con­victed mem­bers of the so-called “Ab­daly ter­ror­ist cell” with ties to Iran and Le­banon’s Hezbol­lah af­ter a weeks-long man­hunt. The in­te­rior min­istry said the 12 had been cap­tured in dif­fer­ent ar­eas across Kuwait. They had been on the run since their sen­tenc­ing last month, while two other con­victed Kuwaitis re­mained at large.

HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad AlJaber Al-Sabah sent a ca­ble yes­ter­day to Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and In­te­rior Min­is­ter Sheikh Khaled Al-Jar­rah Al-Sabah, heap­ing praise on se­cu­rity forces for their dili­gence that led to the ar­rest of the 12 con­victs who were on the run. In his ca­ble, the Amir said that he was con­fi­dent that au­thor­i­ties’ un­wa­ver­ing for­ti­tude and stead­fast ef­forts would bring the con­victs who re­main at large to jus­tice. He also thanked cit­i­zens for their co­op­er­a­tion with se­cu­rity forces and wished the country con­tin­ued se­cu­rity and pros­per­ity. HH the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and HH the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah sent sim­i­lar ca­bles.

Na­tional Assem­bly Speaker Mar­zouq Al-Ghanem also lauded the in­te­rior min­istry. Ghanem, in re­marks pub­lished by the par­lia­ment’s Al-Dos­tour news net­work, said the min­istry per­son­nel, led by Sheikh Khaled, proved that they de­served HH the Amir’s sup­port. He also in­di­cated at MPs’ sup­port and con­fi­dence in the min­istry’s per­son­nel, hop­ing other con­victs as well as fugi­tives in public funds and state se­cu­rity cases would be ap­pre­hended. The par­lia­ment will con­tinue to sup­port na­tional and sin­cere ef­forts ex­erted by the se­cu­rity ap­pa­ra­tuses, he added.

The cas­sa­tion court in June over­turned an ac­quit­tal by an ap­peals court and con­victed 21 men of form­ing a ter­ror­ist cell with ties to Iran and Hezbol­lah. The cell had planned to launch at­tacks across the state, ac­cord­ing to the court ver­dict. Kuwait has protested to Le­banon over the al­leged train­ing of the Ab­daly cell by Hezbol­lah, which has min­is­ters in the Beirut govern­ment. Last month, au­thor­i­ties expelled 15 Ira­nian diplo­mats and shut down the mil­i­tary, cul­tural and trade mis­sions of the Ira­nian em­bassy over Tehran’s back­ing of the ter­ror­ist cell. Iran said the al­le­ga­tion is base­less.

“The in­te­rior min­istry an­nounces that se­cu­rity ser­vices have ar­rested in dif­fer­ent ar­eas 12 peo­ple sen­tenced in the so-called Ab­daly cell,” a state­ment from the in­te­rior min­istry and car­ried by the state news agency KUNA said. Au­thor­i­ties are still search­ing for two oth­ers con­victed in the same case and still on the run, the state­ment added.

The min­istry named the ar­rested con­victs - all Kuwaitis - as fol­lows: Mo­ham­mad Jaa­far Ab­bas Haji (sen­tenced to 10 years in jail); Mo­ham­mad Has­san Ab­dul­jalil Al-Hus­seini (10 years); Mahdi Mo­ham­mad Sayed Ali Al-Mou­sawi (10 years); Jafaar Haidar Has­san Ja­mal (10 years); Youssef Hasan Shaa­ban Ghad­han­fari (10 years); Hus­sein Juma Mo­ham­mad Al-Bathar (10 years); Has­san Ah­mad Ab­dul­lah Al-At­tar (10 years); Ab­bas Issa Ab­dul­lah Al-Mous­sawi (10 years); Issa Jaber Ab­dul­lah Baqer (10 years); Basil Hus­sein Ali Al-Dashti (sen­tenced to five years in jail); Has­san Ali Has­san Ja­mal (5 years); and Ali Ab­dulka­rim Is­mael Ab­dul­rahim (5 years). — Agen­cies

KUWAIT: The 12 Kuwaiti con­victs of the ‘Ab­daly cell’ who were ar­rested. — KUNA KUWAIT:

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