Kuwait to seek ex­tra­di­tion of sen­tenced storm­ers

As­sem­bly may mull de-seat­ing con­victed MPs

Arab Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Ahmed Al-Naqeeb Arab Times Staff and Agen­cies

KUWAIT CITY, July 12: The ex­tra­di­tion of in­di­vid­u­als sen­tenced to jail for in­volve­ment in the Na­tional As­sem­bly build­ing storm­ing case, in­clud­ing sev­eral for­mer and cur­rent law­mak­ers, is ex­pected to hap­pen soon as the Kuwaiti govern­ment sent an of­fi­cial let­ter in this re­gard to the coun­tries where the con­victs are cur­rently stay­ing, re­ports AlQabas daily quot­ing a par­lia­men­tary source.

The source pointed out the As­sem­bly will not take any ac­tion un­less it of­fi­cially re­ceives the ver­dict from the court, af­firm­ing the ver­dict will not reach the As­sem­bly be­fore Sept 1.

He said once the ver­dict reaches the As­sem­bly, it will be re­ferred to the par­lia­men­tary Le­gal and Leg­isla­tive Af­fairs to pre­pare a re­port on can­cel­ing the mem­ber­ship of MPs Jama’an AlHar­bash and Waleed Al-Tabtabei.

The par­lia­men­tary Leg­isla­tive Af­fairs Com­mit­tee will most likely hold a meet­ing af­ter the Eid Al-Adha hol­i­day to dis­cuss the mem­ber­ship of MPs Jam’an Al-Har­bash and Waleed AlTabtabaei in view of the re­cent ver­dict is­sued by the Court of Cas­sa­tion in re­la­tion to the Par­lia­ment build­ing storm­ing case, re­ports Al-Rai daily.

In his state­ment to the daily, Chair­per­son of the com­mit­tee MP AlHumeid Al-Subeie ex­plained the file con­tain­ing de­tails of the rul­ing will not be re­ferred to the com­mit­tee any time soon, be­cause the court need more time to pre­pare such file be­fore re­fer­ring it to the Par­lia­ment.

He in­di­cated that the com­mit­tee also needs time to pre­pare the re­port about the ver­dict and its opin­ion on the par­lia­men­tary mem­ber­ship of the two MPs. He added, “Pre­par­ing the re­port alone needs two weeks and then it will be re­ferred to the Par­lia­ment for de­lib­er­a­tion.”

Al-Subeie an­nounced that cit­i­zen­ship with­drawn from sev­eral in­di­vid­u­als will be re­in­stated within two weeks, as the com­mit­tee in charge of this file has taken a de­ci­sion in this re­gard.

Mean­while, ad­dress­ing the is­sue of phar­ma­cies which con­tinue to op­er­ate in co­op­er­a­tive so­ci­eties even if their per­mits have ex­pired and the phar­ma­cists work­ing with ex­pired li­cences, MP Khaled Al-Otaibi sub­mit­ted a par­lia­men­tary query to Min­is­ter of So­cial Af­fairs and La­bor Hind Al-Sabeeh about the ac­tion taken in this re­gard.

He also sub­mit­ted a query to Min­is­ter of Health Dr Bas­sil Al-Sabah re­gard­ing the in­ces­sant com­plaints of Kuwaiti phar­ma­cists on the way the Medicine In­spec­tion De­part­ment op­er­ates and de­lay in the is­suance of li­cences.

The MP asked for all rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion so he can fur­ther look into the mat­ter and con­clude whether the is­sue ne­ces­si­tates at­ten­tion of the con­cerned par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tees or not.

In an ef­fort to en­sure the Par­lia­ment takes a stance that is ap­pro­pri­ate with the ef­fects of the ver­dict of the Court of Cas­sa­tion in the case of storm­ing of the Na­tional As­sem­bly build­ing, and with the in­ten­tion of fix­ing the prob­lem at hand, sev­eral law­mak­ers held a meet­ing at the di­waniya of MP Mo­ham­mad Al-Mu­tairi. They de­lib­er­ated for five hours on how to har­mo­nize di­ver­gent view­points and ef­forts so that they can take a com­mon stance in con­tact­ing the high­est po­lit­i­cal author­ity for the par­don of the con­victed.

They also plan to en­sure the Govern­ment and ma­jor­ity of the law­mak­ers will not vote to de­clare seats of MPs Jama’an Al-Har­bash and Waleed Al-Tabtabaei.

The law­mak­ers in at­ten­dance con­tacted ten other col­leagues who sup­ported con­clu­sions of the meet­ing, al­though they were not present at the meet­ing or had signed the com­mu­niqué.

(AFP)

Chil­dren pose for a pho­to­graph in a bus as dis­placed Syr­i­ans from the Daraa prov­ince come back to their home­town in Bosra, south­west­ern Syria on July 11. Syria’s south­ern prov­ince of Daraa, where rebels and the regime reached a cease­fire deal last Fri­day, is the birth­place of the 2011 anti-govern­ment up­ris­ing that be­came a dev­as­tat­ing seven-year war. The regime turned its sights back on Daraa af­ter the April 2018 fall of the rebel en­clave of eastern Ghouta, on

the out­skirts of Damascus.

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