Assistant Undersecretary for General Security at the Interior Ministry, Major-General Abdulfattah Al-Ali has announced the establishment of a new department the ‘Environment Security Department’, reports a local daily. Al-Ali said the new department will include 5 sections and the members of this department will wear civilian clothes.
Al-Ali said Article 131 of the law states the establishment of the Environment Police with a mandate to enforce environment-related laws in all sectors. He noted those who are arrested attempting to export hazardous waste shall be fined KD 200,000 and put behind bars for three years.
Major-General Ali stressed on the fact that the police will be tasked with issuing citations against those who cause harm to the environment by pumping sewage water on land or sea, or extracting pebbles. The penalty, he said, shall be KD 10,000.