Kuwait minister’s grilling sought

Updated 11 February 2013
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Kuwait minister’s grilling sought

KUWAIT CITY: A Kuwaiti MP yesterday filed to question in Parliament the interior minister over allegations that his ministry was dealing with Israel and for failing to control opposition-led protests.
Lawmaker Faisal Al-Duwaisan claimed in his grilling request that the Interior Ministry has purchased a border security system to fortify the emirate’s border with Iraq from SENSTAR Corp. in Canada.
Duwaisan said that SENSTAR is totally owned by Israel’s Magal Security Systems which means that the interior minister has violated the Israel boycott laws and committed a “grave mistake.”
He said Interior Minister Sheikh Ahmad Al-Homud Al-Sabah is responsible for sending a delegation from the ministry to SENSTAR plant in Canada to inspect the security system. Duwaisan also charged that the minister has so far failed to control opposition-led protests by giving contradictory orders to the security forces, which means “he is incapable of handling this sensitive issue.”
Meanwhile, Kuwait’s appeals court yesterday suspended the implementation of a three-year jail term for three former opposition MPs sentenced last week for insulting the emir, their lawyer said. “The court set them free until their case has been settled,” Mohammad Al-Jumia wrote on his Twitter account.

 


Yemen Red Cross: More dying from indirect effects of war

Updated 6 min 18 sec ago
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Yemen Red Cross: More dying from indirect effects of war

UNITED NATIONS: The outgoing head of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Yemen says he believes more people are dying now from indirect effects of the conflict.
Alexandre Faite pointed to more than 2,000 deaths from cholera and acute watery diarrhea in a little over six months, a crumbling health system, almost no power in most towns, and the absence of key commodities or their availability only at very high prices.
He told a small group of reporters Friday that he has been traveling to capitals including Berlin, Brussels, Paris and Washington to deliver the message that “the situation in Yemen and the results of indirect effects of the hostilities are really dire.”