Kuwait: Search is on for a man accused of sexually assaulting an underage girl in Salwa on Saturday. In her statement to the police, the 15-year-old Kuwaiti girl said that her friend, a 20-year-old Palestinian national, raped her in her room after he came over to visit at dawn. The man reportedly sneaked into the house on an invitation from the girl. She added that the man escaped after she screamed for help. She then told her father about what had happened before the two headed to the area’s police station to report the case. Investigations were on.
KUWAIT: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) called on travelers to cooperate with authorities operating at Kuwait International Airport to allow them to provide best service during the holy month of Ramadan and the travel season. Travelers should check validity of their passports and visas and must arrive at the airport at least two hours ahead of departure time, Director of Operations’ Department at Kuwait International Airport Essam Al-Zamel said yesterday. In the statement, he stressed importance of complying with weights and sizes of luggage allowed and not to carry prohibited and hazardous substances such as compressed gas, solvents, explosives, fireworks, flammable materials and oxidizing, magnetic and toxic substances.
The DGCA is ready to receive suggestions and observations through the airport comptroller office located at the departure lounge, Al-Zamel noted. On administrating flight operations during the summer, the Operation Deptartment Director said that extra flights are running during this season and the holy month of Ramadan, expecting the percentage of travelers before Ramadan to reach 25 and 75 percent at the end of it. The operation department has formed teams to provide assistance to ensure smooth flow of traffic, regulate passengers entry, follow up on departure and arrival of flights without delay, Al-Zamel noted, adding that during this season, the most sought destinations are to Beirut, Dubai, Istanbul, Jeddah and Alexandria. —-KUNA
KUWAIT CITY: Ahmadi securitymen arrested 80 individuals from a market in Mahboula area during a security campaign that Ahmadi Security Directorate launched in coordination with the Ahmadi Municipality and under the supervision of Ahmadi Security Director Brigadier Matouq Al-Aslawi.
In this week’s online survey, Arab Times asked voters their opinion on how the ongoing police checks be made more humane and expatriate-friendly.
Two points won the most votes. 32 percent said that authorities must release a list of clearly stated do’s and don’ts to be observed by expatriates. Speaking to the Arab Times, respondents said that they are not sure of what to keep and what to avoid, as the list of violations are growing by the day by word of mouth.
The latest in the list of the big No’s are Net phones. “We knew that VOIP calls were banned, but even applications like Viber and Whatsapp seem to be prohibited now. This is causing a lot of confusion.”
Others were complaining about the traffic checks. “We are not sure of what are the things that are liable to fine.” There were loose stories of motorists getting a ticket because their car windows were not working.
Another 32 percent of the voters condemned the random raids at apartments. “We are living in fear with our families. We have children, and we don’t want cops to be coming into our houses at night and checking every nook and corner for illegal maids or bachelors sharing the flat.
All the respondents believed that the police had no authority to search a flat without a warrant. “We think that it is still the law, and we don’t know how the policemen are searching houses randomly.”
Respondents said it looks like the policemen have been given secret orders to carry on such searches as issuing a warrant for every dubious flat could be practically impossible. “We know it’s fine balancing act to do; however, there’s no justification for harassing innocent, law-abiding expatriates for a few residence violators.”
Fourteen percent of the voters felt that expatriates must be given the right to complain against policemen who cross their limits. However, many respondents noted that this is easier said than done. “This right is already there. But the problem lies in their application.”
Many respondents felt that they distrust the authorities to act on their complaints, and a sizeable number even feared that they might get victimized in the bargain. “We don’t have the courage to complain against a policeman.’
Some people stressed on the need for a higher authority that is set up exclusively to defend the rights and interests of expatriates. “Such a body would infuse confidence in us to complain against excesses committed by policemen.”
About 13 percent of the voters suggested the need for capturing every police operation on camera to ensure that everything is fair and square. “This is the norm in most developed countries. When there’s video footage which can be provided as evidence in court, the officers will be more conscious of their responsibilities and limits.”
Eight percent said that vehicles with proper drafters (registration cards), which is proof that the vehicle have passed the fitness test, must not be subject to further tests, such as smoke detection and so forth.
KUWAIT: “Visitors, in accordance with article 14, who still have some disputes with their sponsors or the companies that invited them, and whose cases are still being discussed at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor or in the local courts and who have been given one to three months worth temporary residency visas till they reach settlements are advised not to leave before the settlement,” MOI’s assistant undersecretary for citizenship and passports affairs, Major General Sheikh Faisal Nawaf Al-Sabah said.
He said the departure would lead to cancellation of the temporary residency and such people will not be allowed back into the country except on the basis of new visas. Sheikh Faisal also said that several organizational measures have been taken to straighten out and solve the problems accruing due to visa violations while, at the same time, efforts are on to protect the rights of both expats and sponsors, without any exception.