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                                                                    THE FIRST ENGLISH LANGUAGE DAILY IN FREE KUWAIT
                                                                                      Established in 1977
NO. 14515                                                                                     SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2011 / DHU AL-HIJJAH 23, 1432 AH                                                                                     52 PAGES          150 FILS

Scores held for Assembly assault
                    MPs may be arrested … travel bans ordered
                                             By Al-Seyassah and Agencies
KUWAIT CITY, Nov 18: Police have arrested 62 people, including Abbas Al-Sha’abi, a vocal
critic of the government, for storming the Parliament building Wednesday night.
  According to a source, the Interior Ministry set up a crack team comprising of members from Criminal Investigations
Department and State Security led by Deputy Director of Intelligence Saleh Al-Ghannam to investigate the incident and
arrest the suspects.
  The source said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Ahmad Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah instructed the team to
                                                                                           ensure the arrest of all suspects
                                                                                           within 24 hours and ban them
        Opinion                                                                            from traveling. Stating that
                                                                                           officers are not allowing visi-
                                                                                           tors to see the arrested people,
                                                                                           the source said the State
                                                                                           Security Department takes care

  ‘Save us’                                                                                of detention and prosecution
                                                                                           procedures in the presence of
                                                                                           prosecutor generals.
        By Ahmed Al-Jarallah                                                                  Al-Kuwaitiah daily men-
                                                                                           tioned that the government
   Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times                                                         took a series of tough measures
   WE appeal to Your Highness the                                                          on Thursday and said there are
   Amir to rescue us from the                                                              reports that steps are being
   bondage of unscrupulous law-          Senior Superintendent Joel Coronel of the         taken to arrest MP Musallam
   makers who have lost legitimacy       National Capital Region Police Office (right),    Al-Barrak and other MPs for
   and have embarked on the path         shows a copy of the warrant of arrest served      their role in the whole ruckus.
   of violence to provoke the mass-      to former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo          Al-Rai daily mentioned that
                                         in her hospital bed, during a press conference    an officer working for the
   es and to achieve both their          outside the hospital, Nov 18, in suburban
   known and hidden objectives by                                                          Ministry of Defense is among
                                         Taguig City, east of Manila, Philippines. (AP)    the arrested and that he was
   trampling on our democracy.
      The action they executed in                                                          handed over to the military
   the National Assembly premises
                                                      ‘Electoral fraud’                    police.
   and adjoining squares Wednes-                                                              Reliable sources said the
                                                                                           ministry had earlier interrogat-
   day night was not an expression
   of opinion or a declaration of a
   position. It was thuggery by a
                                           Arroyo ‘arrested’                               ed some demonstrators who
                                                                                           were arrested while they tried
                                                                                           to attack securitymen.
   handful of people who don’t
   believe in the nation, Constitu-
   tion and constitutional state.
                                           in Manila hospital                                 Sources added that clear
                                                                                           instructions were given to the
   They took pride in the crime as       MANILA, Nov 18, (RTRS): Former Philippine Special Forces not to pursue
   they were frustrated in the bid to    president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was arrest- demonstrators or prevent them
   enforce their myopic opinion on       ed on Friday for electoral fraud, which carries from marching into the
   majority citizens and lawmakers.      a life sentence, at a Manila hospital, preventing Parliament building to avoid
      Your Highness the Amir, res-       her departure from the country to seek medical clashes with them.
   cue your children, because the        treatment.                                           Also, the Interior Ministry
   provokers, who failed in achiev-         President Benigno Aquino and his govern- confirmed that five security-
   ing their selfish ambitions, have     ment have long accused Arroyo of corruption men - police and National
   taken to open confrontation.          during her two terms in office, from 2001- Guard personnel - were injured
   They have been issuing opinions       2010, though until Friday, authorities had not during clashes with demonstra-
   and have turned themselves into       formally charged her.                             tors Wednesday evening.
   national judges. They claim to           “She is now under our control, under our          There are also rumors that
   have pure hands, but they are         custody,” Senior Superintendent Franklin          the government filed a com-
   most corrupt, and those claiming                                                        plaint at the Public Prosecution
                                         Bucayu, head of the Southern Police District, against Alam-Alyawm TV
   to be preserving the chastity of      told a news briefing outside St Luke’s Hospital. channel and its presenter
   the Constitution are the ones vio-       “The arrest warrant has been served. We Mohammed Al-Wushaihi.
   lating the document. They             tried to read her rights but her lawyers waived
   announce their crimes without                                                              Meanwhile, Minister of
                                         it because of her conditions. She smiled at us Information Sheikh Hamad
   any shame and hide behind reli-       and she was expecting it.”
   gion to permit themselves the                                                           Jaber has announced that tough
                                            The arrest warrant had been issued earlier in measures will be taken against
   right to forbidden activities.        the day, just after the government lost a bid to the media organizations found
   They are sinners who deserve
                                                                                           violating the Press and
   punishment, because they have
   committed a series of crimes.                       See Also Page 8                     Publication and Audio Visual
      We are approaching your                                                                 Furthermore,       Secretary-
   highness to report that we are fed    reverse a Supreme Court ruling allowing General of the Parliament
   up of injuries caused by violators    Arroyo to travel abroad.                          Alam Al-Kandari was quoted
   of the Constitution and societal         Arroyo denies any wrongdoing.                  as saying that the guards man-
   norms. We are tired of provoca-          Police said Arroyo’s family, her lawyers and ning the Parliament building
   tion and provokers among law-         some members of her cabinet were at her side confiscated a bottle of alcohol
   makers who perpetrate political       in the hospital when the warrant was served. from one of the secretaries of
   and ideological terrorism, and        Her photograph would be taken and booking an unidentified MP when he
   keep canes inside wardrobes. We       done over the weekend.                            was entering the building
   can no longer fold our arms and          “We posted two police officers outside her Thursday. The bottle was found
   watch the national ship capsizing     room and there are more officers down here to in a bag in his car. The case was
   under waves of tension through        protect,” Bucayu said, adding the former presi- referred to authorities in the
   which they are pushing the pub-       dent was wearing a neck brace when the war- Interior Ministry.                          An Egyptian protester waves the national flag as he climbs a light pole in front of the burnt out National Democratic Party
   lic, since they have turned the       rant was served. “She just nodded and did not        Stating that the Secretariat-         building of former president Mubarak’s ruling party, during a rally in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, Egypt, on Nov 18. (AP)
   street into their head office for     say any word.”                                    General of the Parliament
   issuing statements. The dark
   Wednesday was disastrous and
                                            Both military and police leaders promised to decided to step up security
                                         maintain law and order, dismissing rumours of measures at the building fol-
                                                                                                                                                                       Iran, Turkey warn of civil war
   scared the once peaceful minds        unrest within their ranks.                        lowing      the     events    on
   of people. The action of the ene-

                                                                                                                                 Syrian forces kill 16 in protests
                                            “That is the real triumph of justice,” said Wednesday, Al-Kandari said
   mies of the nation was not only a     Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.                  security guards have been given
   declaration of war against the           The warrant was served on the 64-year-old clear instructions to inspect all
   Constitution, but also a disgrace     Arroyo at 6:30 pm (1030 GMT) at the hospital cars entering the building.
   to few lawmakers who breached         where she has been since Tuesday night after a       Commenting on the issue,           DAMASCUS, Nov 18, (Agencies):                his foreign minister had likened the sit-    cause civil war.
   the oath and failed in their          failed attempt to leave the country.              some constitutional experts           Security forces killed at least 16 civil-    uation in Syria to a civil war.                 “The path the Arab League has taken
   responsibilities.                        The government had stopped her at Manila affirmed that lawmakers who                 ians on Friday, including two children,         Turkey said the risk of civil war was     is completely about defeating Syria
          Continued on Page 8            airport believing she was trying to avoid inves- stormed the National Assembly          on the eve of an Arab League deadline        real — a warning also echoed by ana-         from inside, and triggering a civil war,”
                                         tigation and possible prosecution.                building are criminals accord-        for Syria to stop its lethal crackdown       lysts monitoring developments in Syria       Alaaddin Boroujerdi, the head of the
    Email:             The Supreme Court had reaffirmed a deci- ing to the Kuwaiti Constitution.            on protesters.                               amid growing losses among regular            Iranian parliamentary commission on
             Follow me on:               sion to lift the travel ban on Friday, which They premised the statement                   The latest bloodletting came as           army troops at the hands of mutinous         foreign policy, said on a visit to Turkey.
                                         could have allowed Arroyo and her husband to on the fact that MPs attacked              Turkey warned of the risk of civil war       soldiers.                                       The repression against protests that
                                         take a planned afternoon flight to Singapore, the building as ordinary citi-            and as thousands of protesters took to          The Arab League said it was examin-       erupted in mid-March has claimed
                                         but that was subsequently overridden by the zens and not as lawmakers.                  the streets to urge nations to expel         ing a Syrian request to make changes to      more than 3,500 lives so far, according           warrant.                                          They said the lawmakers               Syrian ambassadors, in defiance of           a proposal to send 500 observers to          to UN estimates.
                                            President Benigno Aquino campaigned last attacked public property and                massive security force deployments.          Damascus to help implement a peace              Protesters who initially took to the
                                         year on fighting corruption and prosecuting perpetrated unruly activities in               Russian Prime Minister Vladimir           plan agreed earlier this month.              streets seeking democracy in one of the
                                         those responsible for it, winning strong support violation of the Constitution.         Putin called for restraint over the             Facing growing isolation, Syria has       Arab world’s most autocratic regimes
 ■           US$/KD 0.27620/30           after two administrations that had been dogged They indicated that the Public           Syrian crisis, after talks with his French   been told by its Arab peers to stop the      now want the ouster of Assad’s regime
                                         by allegations of wrongdoing.                     Prosecution may charge the            counterpart who accused President            lethal repression against protesters by      and have the support of much of the
 ▲             Euro/KD 0.3732               He vowed in particular to pursue Arroyo, suspects for attacking public               Bashar al-Assad of being deaf to pres-       2200 GMT on Saturday or risk sanc-           Western world.
                                         although the Supreme Court last year blocked property, inciting the public              sure.                                        tions, and the Arab League has voted to         French officials on Friday called for
 ■             Yen/KD 0.0036             his plans for a special commission to investi- against government and attack-              “We are calling for restraint and cau-    expel it from the 22-member bloc.            stern action.
                                         gate her.                                         ing security operatives, since        tion. This is our position,” Putin told a       Iran said the suspension call was “a         “We think that it is indispensable to
 ▲           British £/KD 0.4361                        Continued on Page 8                         Continued on Page 8          Moscow news conference, the day after        historic mistake” and would in itself                  Continued on Page 8

 ▼ KS E -13.50 pts at closing, Nov 17               Euro exposure low
 ▲ Dow +29.13 pts at closing, Nov 18                                                                                                                                                 ‘FDA’ revokes                            Newswatch
                See Page 42
                                           ‘Gulf banks safe’                                                                                                                         nod for Avastin
 ▼ Nasdaq -15.49 pts at closing, Nov 18    FRANKFURT, Nov 18, (RTRS): Gulf states
                                                                                                                                                                                     WASHINGTON, Nov
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wagner not suspect
                                                                                                                                                                                     18,     (RTRS):      The
                                           should be largely unaffected by the euro zone
                                                                                                                                                                                     United States drug regu-
 ▼ FTSE -60.20 pts at closing, Nov 18      debt crisis as their banks have minimal expo-
                                                                                                                                                                                     lators on Friday with-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LOS ANGELES, Nov 18, (AP): A Los
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Angeles County sheriff’s detective says
                                           sure to the bloc’s debt, the head of Oman’s cen-
                                           tral bank said on Friday, though he warned that                                                                                           drew      approval     of            Robert Wagner is not a suspect in the 1981
 ▼ Nikkei -104.72 pts at closing, Nov 18   they would not be immune to a broader global                                                                                              Roche’s Avastin as a                 death of his wife, actress Natalie Wood.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Lt. John Corina has told a press confer-
                                           slowdown.                                                                                                                                 treatment for breast can-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ence Friday that new information is sub-
                                              “Investments in European bonds by GCC                                                                                                  cer, capping a protract-
 ▼ Gold $1,719.00 per oz (London)          (Gulf Cooperation Council) banks are not so                                                                                               ed and emotional battle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          stantial enough to take another look at the
                                           high,” Oman Central Bank Executive President                                                                                              over a drug backed by                   Wood’s body was found floating off
 ▲     NYMEX crude $102.29 per barrel      Hamood Sangour al-Zadjali told Reuters on the                                                                                             many survivors of the                Santa Catalina Island as the couple were
                                           sidelines of a banking conference in Frankfurt.                                                                                           disease.                             on a boating excursion. The death was
 ▼     Brent crude $101.95 per barrel
                                              “The impact (of euro zone problems) is not
                                                                                                Occupy Seattle take over University Bridge, Nov 17, in Seattle. The protest
                                                                                                                                                                                        US Food and Drug                  ruled an accidental drowning.
                                                                                                coalition of students, workers, unemployed people, retirees, faith leaders
          3-month $ LIBOR rate 0.479%      going to be great. However, our economies are        and other activists marched and temporarily shut down the bridge as part               Continued on Page 8                         Continued on Page 8
                                                        Continued on Page 8                                   of a ‘National Day of Action.’ (AP) — See Page 15

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