Former MP Musallam Al-Barrak and 13 others were arrested Saturday at a livestock pen in Kabad in accordance with the court verdict to imprison him for two years, reports Al-Seyassah daily.
This is in line with the promise made by Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khaled in the last National Assembly session that justice will prevail through the arrest of Al-Barrak who has been in hiding for quite some time.
According to sources, those arrested included a retired colonel identified only as S.A., a Kuwait Municipality employee identified as F.B., Al-Barrak’s secretary identified as A.M., Reggae Mayor’s Office employee identified as N.Sh., owner of the livestock pen identified as H. Sh., two Asian workers in the pen, a Saudi national who works in the Interior Ministry and some relatives of Al- Barrak.
They were referred to the State Security Department for interrogation and other legal action. Sources revealed some of the arrested persons were later referred to the Criminal Investigation Department for providing shelter to a fugitive.
Sources explained the punishment for such an offense is two years imprisonment as per Article 132 of the Penal Code. Sources said the State Security officers received a tip-off on the location of Al-Barrak who intended to stay at the pen overnight. This has prompted the officers to raid the place, leading to the arrest of Al-Barrak and several others.
Sources added Al-Barrak was referred to the Sentences Enforcement Department in Farwaniya Governorate – the area where he resides. Sources said the former MP was then taken to the Central Prison. On the other hand, sources revealed the interior minister has outrightly rejected any attempt to use ‘wasta’ (influence) to release those who were arrested with Al- Barrak. Sources said these people tried to prevent the security officers from arresting Al-Barrak. Sources added the officers have long been monitoring Al-Barrak’s movement, indicating he has been moving in a three-car convoy to protect himself.
It has been reported that one of those arrested informed the security officers about Al-Barrak’s location. Al-Barrak’s lawyer, Mohammad Al- Jassem, was quoted as saying that his client has been on hunger strike since 1:00 pm Saturday in protest against being detained in isolation cell number two. Furthermore, MP Nabil Al-Fadhel on his Twitter account posted a statement about Al-Barrak. He wondered why the former lawmaker went on hunger strike but he requested for lunch. He said Al- Barrak’s arrest is anticipated because no reasonable person would have expected him to remain in hiding for a long time. He stressed the escape of Al-Barrak was a “stupid” gamble as he thought he is above the law but the officials have shown him otherwise.