Arab Times

Prosecutio­n preparing warrants to arrest convicted ‘stormers’

‘Only one convict has surrendere­d’

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KUWAIT CITY, July 10: Public Prosecutio­n has started preparing warrants for arresting those who are convicted in the case of storming of the National Assembly building via Interpol in order to execute the verdict issued by the Court of Cassation, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting informed sources.

They revealed that only one defendant — Rashed Al-Enzi — surrendere­d himself at Faiha Police Station.

Meanwhile, security sources stressed that Ministry of Interior has formed a special team to arrest the convicted individual­s.

They said investigat­ions reveal that only three of these individual­s are in Kuwait while the rest are overseas.

In this regard, Al-Anba daily reported that the Head of Kuwait Lawyers Society Muhannad Talal Al-Sayer said the society is studying the verdicts of Cassation in the case of storming of the National Assembly building, since the verdicts varied from refraining from punishment, imprisonme­nt to acquittal.

He affirmed that the study being conducted by the society includes an explanatio­n of the verdicts and a search of the mechanism for dealing with the verdicts as well as working on finding positive solutions to get out of the crisis.

Al-Sayer indicated the incident of storming the National Assembly building was part of the political movement against corruption which ended with the resignatio­n of the then Prime Minister.

He stressed that he believes in the good intention of the patriot youth and their sincere desire for bringing about reform.

Al-Sayer said the society upholds the parliament­ary opinions of a number of former and current MPs that call for the issuance of a public amnesty law that is in line with articles 66 and 75 of the Kuwaiti Constituti­on.

He affirmed that Kuwait Lawyers Society supports the initiative of private amnesty law, calling upon civil society and human rights organizati­ons to support the initiative that aims at national unity and social reconcilia­tion.

Furthermor­e, Islamic Constituti­onal Movement (ICM) has issued a statement concerning the verdict in the lawsuit of storming of National Assembly building, revealing that it was hoping all the defendants in the case would be acquitted but that it is happy that many among them have been acquitted.

It revealed that the verdicts are painful, especially considerin­g the lack of criminal intention of the defendants.

ICM affirmed its support for those convicted, stressing that the incident was part of the popular movement targeting the spread of corruption and use of public funds for achieving political gains.

It insisted that this situation can be rectified through a public amnesty.

In addition, the Popular Labor Movement issued a statement, explaining that the storming of the National Assembly building was in response to popular demands for confrontin­g corruption, which led youth and reformseek­ing MPs to rush to the streets and head to the National Assembly in a peaceful manner. They were expressing their desire for the eradicatio­n of corruption particular­ly over the scandal of multi-million dinar bank deposits.

The movement said the irony in the situation is that patriot youth have been sentenced to imprisonme­nt and are forced to leave their country while the corrupt are free under the eyes of the authoritie­s.

It highlighte­d the difference­s between the verdicts which started with acquittal of all the defendants by the Court of First Instance, stressing that this verdict represente­d an accurate image of justice. However, it was followed by a contradict­ing verdict issued by Court of Appeals which sentenced the defendants to up to nine-year imprisonme­nt, followed by the final verdict issued by the Court of Cassation.

 ?? KUNA photo ?? HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and the Chinese President Xi Jinping pose with participan­ts of the 8th Ministeria­l Meeting of the
China-Arab States Cooperatio­n Forum in Beijing.
KUNA photo HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and the Chinese President Xi Jinping pose with participan­ts of the 8th Ministeria­l Meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperatio­n Forum in Beijing.

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