Around 100 complaints have been filed against securitymen in the first four months of the year, according to security sources at the General Department for Supervision and Inspection. This figure represents almost a 11 percent increase compared to the same period last year, added the source.
Revealing that five securitymen have been sentenced to jail terms for abusing their authority and that disciplinary action had been taken against 125 others, the sources pointed out that most of the complaints were filed against securitymen, traffic police, investigators and police officers manning police stations.
Speaking to several expatriates about the recent crackdown, which has intensified in many areas with large expatriate population, The Times Kuwait found that many expatriates were concerned and felt helpless at the almost regular police harassments. While most agree that the check points have resulted in a reduction in crime, the over enthusiasm of some officers, particularly at traffic check points invariably means an undeserved fine.
Meanwhile, a Ministry of Interior spokesperson has stated that the security campaigns have been successful and officers from the Special Task Force units in different governorates have conducted security campaigns in compliance with the directive of Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and under the supervision of Undersecretary Lieutenant General Sulaiman Al-Fahad.
The Ministry of Interior further disclosed that the officers arrested 13 persons wanted by law for various offenses, including those who violated the Residency Law and fugitives in Hawally Governorate. In Farwaniya, 131 people were arrested for violating the Residency Law, holding expired visa and those wanted by law for involvement in different cases. In Ahmadi, 84 people were arrested for Residency Law violation and four involved in drug-related cases while 34 vehicles were impounded.
In Mubarak Al- Kabeer, 34 people were arrested for violating the Residency Law and those who committed various crimes; in addition to three people suspected of possessing drugs. In the Capital Governorate, 22 people were arrested for involvement in various offenses and those who violated the Residency Law.
Moreover, public security officers carried out impromptu security campaigns, resulting in the arrest of eight people found to have violated the Residency Law and five others for consuming drugs. The campaign has been successful as crime rates have dropped as a result in areas prone to high crime.
In yet another clampdown, Director-General of Residence Affairs Major-General Talal Ma’arafi has introduced a plan to pursue expatriates who entered the country on visit visas and violated the residence law, the authorities plan to contact persons — Kuwaitis and expatriates — under whose sponsorship the expatriate entered the country on visit visa. According to the plan the sponsors will be given a three-day grace period to help the violators of the law to leave the country and if they fail to get the violator leave the country their transactions at all government departments — immigration, traffic, Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Social Affairs — will be suspended.
The source pointed a team has already been formed to contact the sponsors and notifying them about the existence of violators and give them the grace period. The team will also compile a list of sponsors after the end of the grace period and send it to the concerned government departments. The source added the number of expatriates violating the visit visa law is increasing and it appears there are 65 Yemenis who entered on visit visas and have not left the country. The source revealed that most violators of this law are Syrians, Egyptians and Iranians.
In another move to evict bachelors from residential areas Deputy Director General for Structural and Town Planning Eng Ahmad Al-Manfouhi has announced that the special task force in charge of evicting will take legal procedures against those found to have violated regulations in this regard.
In a press statement after the meeting of the team in Ahmadi Governorate with the attendance of Assistant Undersecretary for Public Security Major General Abdul Fattah Al-Ali, deputy directors general of Kuwait Municipality branches in all governorates and leaders of emergency teams.
He hinted a recommendation will be presented soon not to issue civil ID cards to bachelors who live in such areas in coordination with officials of the Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI). He declared the legal procedures against violators will include administrative eviction and disconnection of electricity. He added the authority will not hesitate in implementing law number 125/1992 to eliminate such violations.
— Staff Report