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					                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ARAB TIMES, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2011
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‘Panel to probe KD 25m
bribe allegations saga’
                  Bloc eyes Sept 20 target for holding session on issue
                                                                                                                                                               KUWAIT CITY, Sept 1:
                                                                                                                                                               An investigative panel
                                                                                                                                                               will be formed after the
                                                                                                                                                               Eid Al-Fitr holidays to
                                                                                                                                                               probe into allegations
                                                                                                                                                               that some lawmakers
                                                                                                                                                               have received bribes
                                                                                                                                                               amounting to KD 25 mil-
                                                                                                                                                               lion in exchange for sup-
                                                                                                                                                               porting the government,
                                                                                                                                                               reports Al-Shahed daily
                                                                                                                                                               quoting sources.
                                                                                                                                                                  Sources revealed the
                                                                                                                                                               panel members will include
                                                                                                                                                               Central Bank of Kuwait
                                                                                                                                                               (CBK) Governor Sheikh
                                                                                                                                                               Salem Al-Sabah and legal
                                                                                                                                                               experts from the Ministry of
                                                                                                                                                               Justice under the chairman-
                                                                                                                                                               ship of the public prosecu-
                                                                                                                                                               tor. Sources confirmed the
                                                                                                                                                               panel will maintain the con-
                                                                                                                                                               fidentiality of the investiga-
                                                                                                                                                               tion process, which will be
                                                                                                                                                               carried out in accordance
                                                                                                                                                               with Article 85 of law num-
                                                                                                                                                               ber 32/1968.
                                                                                                                                                                  In a related development,
                                                                                                                                                               Al-Rai daily has reported that
                                                                                                                                                               the Development and Reform
                                                                                                                                                               Bloc will meet on Saturday to
                                                                                                                                                               put the final touches on a
                                                                                                                                                               request to hold an emergency
                                                                                                                                                               parliamentary session to dis-
                                                                                                                                                               cuss the bribery issue.
                                                                                                                                                               Sources said the bloc intends
                                                                                                                                                               to collect the required number
                                                                                                                                                               of signatures from the law-
                                                                                                                                                               makers to pave the way for
                                                                                                                                                               the submission of the request
                                                                                                                                                               to the Parliament Office on
                                                                                                                                                               Thursday. Sources added the
                                                                                                                                                               target date for holding the ses-
                                                                                                                                                               sion is on Sept 20.
                                                                                                                                                                  Official spokesperson of
                                                                                                                                                               the bloc MP Dr Faisal Al-                                                                                                                        KUNA photos
                                                                                                                                                               Muslim revealed his group
                                                                                                                                                               has repeatedly called for close    The Assistant Undersecretary being taken around in a patrol boat (top), during his inspection tour and (above), posing
                                                                                                                                                               monitoring of the bank                                              with border officials in one of the ports he visited.
                                                                                                                                                               deposits of lawmakers and
                                                                                                                                                               immediate referral to the             Assistant Undersecretary inspects naval border posts
                                                                                                                                                               Public Prosecution in case
                                                                             KUNA photos                                                                       violations are found, such as      The Assistant Undersecretary of            greetings on the advent of Eid Al-     tect facilities and centers, through the
                                                                                                                                                               money laundering. He assert-       Borders Affairs in the Interior Ministry   fitr on behalf of the Deputy Prime     utilization of the latest technologies in
A group of National Guard staff paid a visit to a state-run nursing home for the elderly on                                                                    ed, “We want transparency in
Wednesday, to mark the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr and in appreciation of the role of senior cit-                                                                                                     Major General Sheikh Mohammad Al-          Minister and Interior Minister         monitoring naval and security sys-
izens in the service of the country.                                                                                                                           handling the case to reveal the    Yousif Al-Sabah conducted on               Sheikh Ahmad Al-Hmoud Al-              tems.
   The employees of the National Guard’s Moral Guidance Directorate delivered the greet-                                                                       truth and punish those             Tuesday an inspection tour to the          Sabah, his Undersecretary Lt-             The Assistant Undersecretary was
ings of Chief of the National Guard Sheikh Salem Al-Ali Al-Sabah, his Deputy Sheikh                                                                            involved in the scandal. It        naval border posts, which included         General Ghazi Al-Omar, wishing         briefed on the work mechanisms fol-
Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Undersecretary Maj Gen Naser Al-Daei, Assistant                                                                             should be referred to the          Kuwait’s Bay Area, Garoh, Um Al-           them the best in serving their         lowed during vacations and official
Undersecretary Brig Zayed Naser and National Guard staff.                                                                                                      Public Prosecution for the         Maradem islands, Oil facilities, and       country.                               holidays, including precautionary
   The group wished the senior citizens good health and happiness and describe their visit                                                                     necessary legal action. We         Al-Zour area.                                 Sheikh Mohammad also inspected      measures on border naval safety and
as one to strengthen the bond between young and old and among the Kuwaiti society                                                                              must thwart attempts to ‘kill’       Sheikh Mohammad conveyed                 the security measures put up to pro-   security. (KUNA)
under the direction of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah                                                                           the issue or weaken other
and HH the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.                                                                                               political options.”
     The staff consisted of Maj Jahim Al-Hamly and Capt Ahmad Al-Shokri. (KUNA)                                                                                   Al-Muslim stressed the
                                                                                                                                                               need to include details like the
                                                                                                                                                               names of MPs involved, exact
                     Leased warehouses to store medicines                                                                                                      amount of deposits and viola-
                                                                                                                                                               tions once the case is forward-
                                                                                                                                                               ed to the Public Prosecution.
                                                                                                                                                                  On the other hand, MP
CTC okays MoH request                                                                                                                                          Saleh Al-Mullah said he fully
                                                                                                                                                               supports calls for referring the
                                                                                                                                                               case to the Public Prosecution
KUWAIT CITY, Sept 1: The Central                                                      ing the confiscation. The representatives                                provided there is proof of the
                                                                                                                                                               alleged violations.
Tenders Committee (CTC) has approved                                                  allegedly claimed that no law allows                                        He pointed out he and some
the Ministry of Health’s (MoH) request                                                municipal officials to defame any com-                                   of his colleagues presented
to allow it to lease warehouses to store                                              mercial outlet during investigations.                                    draft bills to ensure trans-
medicines in Sabhan area, Al-Rai daily                                                  Sources say municipal officials,                                       parency, such as the declara-
quoted Assistant Undersecretary for                                                   while checking the store, found some                                     tion of assets and liabilities
                                                                                                                                                               and protection of informants,
Financial Affairs at the ministry                                                     expired foodstuffs such as beef, ice                                     last year but these bills were
Mohammad Al-Azmi as saying.                                                           cream, turkey meat and fruit juices and                                  not ratified due to lack of quo-
  The ministry is suffering from short-                                               added that these items were placed                                       rum.      He      argued     the
age of storage space to store equipment,                                              alongside items that were fit for con-                                   Parliament must also conduct
medicines and other stuff. Al-Azmi said                                               sumption.                                                                its own investigations to
                                                                                                                                                               uncover the facts, instead of
the rental cost may reach KD 69,000 and                                                 Sources added that the team noticed                                    being contended with the
added that over KD 200 million was                                                    that the labels indicating the production                                referral of the case to the
allocated to the Medicine and Medical                                                 and expiry dates were removed from                                       Public Prosecution.
Preparations Sector of the ministry.                                                  some cartons, particularly cartons of                                       MP Dr Ali Al-Omair
  Meanwhile, reliable sources in                                                      beef and “this amounts to commercial                                     appealed to anyone who has
                                                                                                                                                               information on the question-
Kuwait Municipality affirmed that                                                     cheating and necessitates the referring                                  able deposits to come forward
municipal officials confiscated 10 tons                                               of violators to court.”                                                  in order to clear the name of
of expired foodstuffs from the stores of                                                Sources also say that the company’s                                    lawmakers implicated in the
The Sultan Center in Sulaibiya.                                                       prompt denial of the reports published in                                case.
  According to sources, the company’s                                                 some local dailies is evidence of its                                       “We will not tolerate such
                                                                                                                                                               malpractices, which may
representatives visited various sectors of                                            guilt. They also stated that the munici-                                 destroy      not     only    the
the municipality and warned them                                                      pality asked the company to remove                                       Parliament but also the entire
against issuing official documents stat-                                              spoilt items from its refrigerators.                                     nation. We do not want to be
                                                                                                                                                               blamed for the mistakes of
                                                                                                                                                               others,” he said.
                                                                                                                                                                  On the formation of the
           Kuwait Today                                                                                                                                        investigative panel, Al-Omair
                                                                                                                                                               affirmed he welcomes the
                                                                                                                                                               idea as long as the truth will
              Prayer Timings                                                                                                                                   come out. He also asked the
Fajr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .04:04 am
                                                                                                     deaths                                                    newspaper, which published
Sunrise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .05:26                                                                                                           the report, to divulge the
Zohr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11:48   Ghezail Mohammad Manei Hasan Al-Ajmi, 32 years old, buried                                           facts.
Asr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .         03:21 pm      on Thursday. Condolences: Jaber Al-Ali, Block 4, St 3, House 2,
Maghreb . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .06:09        Tel: 99333984. Awad Edbais Awad Al-Azemi, 55 years old,                                                       Also:
Isha . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .07:29   buried on Thursday. Condolences: Oyoun, Block 1, St 9, House 19,
                                                          Tel: 66969976-50253513. Lamam Sayah Hadi Al-Azemi, 73
                                                                                                                                                               KUWAIT CITY: A number of
                    Weather                                                                                                                                    youth      movements      have
                                                          years old, buried on Thursday. Condolences: Thaher, Block 3, St 6,
   Expected weather for the next 24                       House 50, Tel: 66599100, (Women) Thaher, Block 2, St 6, House                                        launched a campaign on
hours:                                                    27, Tel: 66840405. Fatima Hashim Mohammad Baqer Al-                                                  Twitter to drum support for
   By night: Relatively hot with light to                 Musawi, 68 years old, widow of Jawad Husein Al-Nema Al-Qalaf,
moderate north westerly wind, with                                                                                                                             the Sept 16th demonstration
                                                          buried on Thursday. Condolences: (Men) Daiya, Baharna                                                which they are planning to
speed of 12-35 km/h.                                      Mosque,, Tel: 99622999, (Women) Daiya, Block 4, St 51, House 8,
   By day: Hot with moderate fresh-                       Tel: 99040383. Newayer Ghenaim Saud Al-Huseini, 95 years
                                                                                                                                                               hold to demand political
ening at times north westerly wind,                       old, widow of Khalaf Nahaar Al-Huseini, buried on Thursday.                                          reforms, reports Al-Kuwaitiah
with speed of 15-40 km/h.                                 Condolences: Saad Al-Abdullah, Block 4, St House 423, House                                          daily.
             Kuwait Weather                               154, Tel: 99045669-24530661. Sabeeka Mohammad Jaber Al-                                                 Sources say some MPs
Station                           Max        Min          Baker, 62 years old, buried on Thursday. Condolences: (Men)                                          asked the youth movements to
                                  Rec Exp                 Bayan, Block 4, St 3, House 9, Tel: 55555497, (Women) Surra,                                         take the step and force author-
Kuwait City . . . . . . . . . . .44 . . . . .33           Block 3, Surra St, House 33, Tel: 99437577. Nawal Khaled Metib
                                                          Al-Hazaam Al-Rasheedi, 34 years old, wife of Thamer Badi Al-                                         ities to disclose the facts
Kuwait Airport . . . . . . . .45 . . . . .28
Nuwaiseeb . . . . . . . . . . .43 . . . . .30             Neghaiss Al-Rasheedi, buried on Thursday. Condolences: (Men)                                         behind the suspicious transfer
Wafra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 . . . . .30         Ardiya, Block 10, St 1, Avenue 7, House 5, Tel: 99886900,                                            of millions of dinars into
Salmi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 . . . . .27         (Women) Umm Al-Haiman, Block 16, House 8 Te. 65630333.                                               some lawmakers’ accounts.
Abdaly . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 . . . . .28
Jalaliyah . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 . . . . .29
Failaka . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 . . . . .29                                                             Sept 1, 2011
Ahmadi Port . . . . . . . . . .40 . . . . .34
Umm Al-Maradem . . . . .38 . . . . .33                          Tide times at Shuwaikh Port                     Max Wind . . . . . . . . . . . .NE 32 km/h
Warba-Bubiyan . . . . . . .45 . . . . .27                                                                       Total Rainfall in 24 hr . . . . . . .00 mm
Marine Forecast                                           1st high tide: . . . . . . . . . . . . . .02:00
Station                Max Min SeaToday’s                 2nd high tide: . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14:45        Recorded yesterday at South Dolphin
                       Exp Rec Surf Waves                 1st low tide: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20:15
                                          Ht Dir          2nd low tide: . . . . . . . . . . . . . .08:45        Min/Max/ Air Temp . . . . . . . . .29/37C
South Dolphin           43 29 31 4ft SE                   Sunrise: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .05:25     Min/Max Rel Hum . . . . . . . . .27/88%
Ahmadi L/V              35 32 33 4ft SE                   Sunset: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18:11      Wind Direction/Wind SpeedN/34 km/h
Beacon M28              36 31 32 4ft SE                   Recorded yesterday at Kuwait Airport                  Prev Wave Dir/Max Wave Ht . . N/4 ft
Beacon N6               43 27 - 4ft SE                                                                          Min/Max Sea Surface Temp . .31/32C
Umm Al-Maradem 38 33 - 4ft SE                             Max temp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42C       Sea Current . . . . . . . . . . . .Upwelling
Sea island Buoy 39 31 33 4ft SE                           Min temp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29C
Salmiyah                41 30 - 4ft SE                    Max Rh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83%          — Directorate General of Civil
Julaia Port             39 31 - 4ft SE                    Min Rh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .07%        Aviation, Meteorological Dept.                  Dr Faisal Al-Muslim

				
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