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MP Ashour calls for applying DNA tests

KUWAIT: MP Saleh Ashour called yesterday for the quick implementation of DNA testing to curb crime and terrorist attacks after the National Assembly passed the law last week. The law makes the genetic tests mandatory for all Kuwaitis and expatriates and stipulates a jail term and fine for those who refuse to do it or for faking the samples.

Ashour said that the law will contribute effectively to uncovering crimes and arresting criminals, adding that many countries have applied the law and obtained good results. The lawmaker meanwhile called on authorities not to penalize the stateless people, known as bedoons because some of them are suspected to have assisted in the bombing on the mosque last month. He said that the majority of the 110,000 bedoons are honest people who have sacrificed for the country and are serving the country in many fields including as servicemen in the police and the army.

The same thing applies to Saudis, he said, after it was found that the suicide bomber was a Saudi national. Ashour said that generalizing the penalties at a certain community because one of their members is a criminal is inhuman because the criminal is a person and can belong to any nationality whether it be Kuwaiti, Saudi or bedoon.

The lawmaker also said that preventive detention must be decided by the judges called for respecting people’s dignity. He was responding to reports that an emergency decree may be issued soon to extend the duration of the detention of suspects after the previous opposition-dominated Assembly had cut to just 48 hours. In a related development, Kuwait Society for Human Rights yesterday praised the National Assembly for approving a law to protect the rights of domestic helper, saying that the legislation is a “pioneering step for the protection of domestic helpers”. The Society said in a statement that the law has created a new legislative base in the field of protecting domestic helpers and also shows the government’s fulfillment of its promise in this field.

The Society praised the contributions made by civil society organizations which helped approve the law. The Society however said the legislation still contains a number of gaps because it did not make any reference to sick leave and did not provide any mechanism for inspection on the implementation of working hours, adequate housing and others. It said that the Society and other organizations will submit proposals to authorities in a bid to deal with the gaps. MP Ahmad Al-Qhudhaibi urged Oil Minister Ali Al-Omair to respond to his questions he had sent a few weeks ago over Omair’s claims of corruption in awarding mega contracts.

The lawmaker said that the summer recess which began last week will not deter him from following the issue. Several weeks ago, Omair accused in a statement those who have won multi-billion-dollar contracts in the oil sector through illegal means of trying to block his decisions and of standing against him. The lawmaker asked Omair for details about those contractors and demanded to know their names and called on the minister to refer the issue to the public prosecution

By B Izzak

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This article was published on 05/07/2015