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KUWAIT CITY, Feb 12: The Criminal Court has sentenced an unidentified lawyer to four years imprisonment with hard labor for forging official papers, reports Al-Anba daily. However, the court ordered the attorney to pay KD 1,000 to suspend the sentence. In the same case, the court acquitted two other lawyers citing lack of evidence. The case was filed by attorney Ibtisam Al-Enezi accusing the main accused of falsifying a proxy in collusion with two other lawyers based on which the court had ordered her husband to pay KD 4 million in an unknown case.

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KUWAIT CITY, Feb 6: A number of insurance companies expressed concern over the enforcement of the decision of Ministry of Interior to activate Article No. 41 of the Traffic Law which allows issuance of reconciliation order for minor traffic accidents, reports Al- Rai daily.

The decision will be enforced from March 2018 in Capital Governorate first on experimental basis. After evaluating the experience, the decision will be implemented in rest of Kuwait. In an earlier press release, Director of General Investment Department Major General Dr Fahd Al-Dousari explained that the reconciliation order forms will be distributed to all patrol teams and police stations.

The victim of a traffic accident should fill a reconciliation order form with all necessary details including the money he deserves to receive.

He should then go to the insurance company, and the latter is obligated to refund the money to him immediately.

The victim has to pay KD 20 to the Traffic Violations Department before he receives a copy of the reconciliation order.

In this regard, Kuwait Insurance Federation stressed the need to hold a meeting with the Investigations Department to discuss the matter and offer suggestions.

Manager of Professional Insurance Company Mohammad Al-Zanati said the decision came as a major blow to the insurance companies, as it will result in them bearing huge losses.

He suggested increasing the value of insurance policy for vehicles to from KD 19 to KD 30 for a sedan car, as this will enable the companies to provide the necessary cash especially with the increasing number of traffic accidents.

Manager of Dar Al-Salaam Insurance Company Mayadah Al-Ali explained that car owners will be happy about this decision as it will enable them to receive compensation within few days.

However, the decision will create a big problem for insurance companies especially since those who cause the traffic accidents will not contribute to the payment of compensation. She suggested the payment of compensation to be shared on fifty-fifty basis by the insurance company and the individual responsible for the traffic accident.

In addition, Manager of Kuwait International Insurance Company Mohammad Al-Rashda explained that there are 27 national insurance companies along with six Arab and four foreign insurance companies in Kuwait.

These companies issued a total of 1,275,399 insurance documents for KD 19,436,280. They paid compensations worth KD 20.284 million along with some compensations worth about KD 43 million which were not paid in the last few years. Al-Rashda suggested increasing the insurance value from KD 19 to KD 30.

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 7: Technical Supervision Department Director and Head of the Rationalization Campaign in the Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW) Eng Iqbal Al-Tayar has called on parents to prevent their children from buying water guns to celebrate the national holidays, reports Al-Anba daily. Al-Tayar made the appeal on the sideline of the awareness campaign.

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 7: Assistant Undersecretary for Citizenship and Passport Affairs Major General Sheikh Mazen Al-Jarrah announced the approval of rectification of legal status of domestic workers who are in violation of the residency laws, provided they pay fines for absconding from their workplaces. The approval comes with a condition that restricts them from transferring their residency for a period of one year from the date of approval of the rectification of their status.

In a press statement, Major General Al-Jarrah clarified that the decision to approve rectification of the residency status of domestic workers was taken due to increasing requests from citizens to reconsider the conditions of those who absconded from their sponsors and their desire to pay the relevant fines without having to leave the country. He called upon citizens who wish to lift the absconding cases filed against their domestic workers to visit the Department of Residency Affairs in the respective governorates where necessary measures will be taken in this regard.

 

Source: Arab Times

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 13: Khalid Al-Ajmi, Chairman of the board of Kuwait Society for Human Rights, said that the Kuwait Society for Human Rights (KSHR) has contracted with attorneys to attend legal proceedings in labor courts and directly represent the workers and defend their cases for free.

Al-Ajmi pointed out that workers who file complaints with the Public Authority For Manpower (PAM) and are then referred to the judiciary will be provided with lawyers to defend their cases if they can’t afford to pay for a lawyer in case that they receive monthly salary not more than 100 Kuwaiti dinar or if the complaint requires direct legal representation in courts.

KSHR will also receive some cases through the hotline service if the case involves direct violation of the workers’ rights. “Centers of PAM resolve problems through negotiations but they don’t provide lawyers when some complaints are referred to the judiciary.

Many complaints have been referred to the labor courts. Last year, PAM received a total of 1,1071 complaints related to workers’ financial dues and referred 6,936 (62.6%) complaints of them to the judiciary,” he added.

Al-Ajmi indicated that the really high costs of hiring attorneys hinder ordinary workers from obtaining their rights, not to mention the prolonged litigation that can take several years, both for citizens or migrant workers.

The residency period of some complainants ends during this long period, and they become unable to renew their residency. So, they resort to violate the conditions of residency which force them not to seek judicial redress, or are being arbitrarily deported without getting their rights.

This service activity is part of the “Support” Project that aims to provide legal protection for migrant workers in Kuwait. KSHR implements this project in collaboration with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and PAM, under the honorary auspices of Hassan Kazem Mohammed, Assistant Undersecretary for Development Affairs in the Ministry of Social Affairs.

The project is implemented in six languages: English, French, Hindi, Urdu, Filipino and Arabic. A team of lawyers has been selected in accordance with certain criteria related to having skills and expertise in workers’ cases, as well as tendency to defend human rights. KSHR started implementing this activity at the beginning of 2018, while continuing receive the inquiries and complaints of workers at the hotline number 22215150 both in Arabic and English and also through the e-platform: http://togetherkw. org.

The Public Authority for Manpower has announced conditions for granting work permit valid for three years maximum, reports Al-Anba daily. The conditions include validity of the license and passport of the worker, approval of the employer according to the work contract, and early renewal of the work permit — six months before expiry.

Meanwhile, the authority has activated its social networking accounts to easily communicate with the public; in addition to applications for receiving complaints through social media and informing the concerned individuals about their violations through WhatsApp and Instagram. The authority vowed to maintain confidentiality in dealing with complaints.

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 13: The Farwaniya and Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh police have arrested a 40-year-old Bangladeshi working as a porter at a Jahra Hospital for stealing 230 revenue stamps from a machine, and practicing medicine without a license, reports Al-Rai daily.

The Bangladeshi was arrested during a campaign against violators in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh. At the time of arrest he was in possession of revenue stamps. Police, after taking legal procedures raided his apartment in the area and they were shocked to discover he was practicing medicine and had turned his apartment into a clinic.

The suspect even helped women to abort their fetuses. Police have also seized from him medicine which he had apparently stolen from the hospital. The ‘doctor’ and the contraband have been referred to the authority.

 

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 2: Director of the Labor Inspection Department in the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) Muhammad Al-Ansari said several individuals were arrested in violation of the Labor Law during the year-end campaign in coordination with the Ministry of Interior.

In a press statement, Al-Ansari disclosed those arrested include 51 laborers who were apprehended along Wafra Road. He explained the campaign was aimed at ensuring that everyone works as stated in their civil identification cards. He cited Article 136 of Labor Law number 6/2010 which stipulates: “Employees entrusted with the inspection shall have the authority to write violation tickets to those who work in unspecified locations. They shall have the right to request for assistance of public authorities and coordinate with competent authorities regarding any goods left by said workers, if the whereabouts of the owners thereof are unknown.” He added the amendment in Article 138 of Labor Law number 32/2016 warns against hiring an employee who is under the sponsorship of another employer as far as PAM is concerned.

Penalties for this violation include jail term not exceeding three years, fine of not less than KD 2,000 and not more than KD 10,000 for every employee or both. He called on every employer to abide by the Labor Law, its amendments and regulations in order to avoid any violation; stressing labor inspection continues to guarantee strict compliance with the law.

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