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Government to codify DNA sampling
July 4, 2015, 10:08 am
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MP Kamel Al-Awadhi affirmed that the law on DNA testing will be applied in the current phase on those who are asked to submit their DNA as per Article 4 of the law, reports Al-Anba daily. He indicated that the government will handle the costs of the DNA examinations during the current phase.

In this regard, reliable sources explained that the draft law on DNA testing will come into effect after the Cabinet approves it in the Monday session and publishes it in the official gazette Al-Kuwait Alyawm either on Tuesday, July 7 in a special issue or next Sunday in the weekly issue.

The database of DNA of all 1.3 million Kuwaiti citizens and 2.9 million expatriates will be completed maximum by September 2016. Regarding the authorities that will be in charge of conducting these examinations, they said Ministry of Interior will issue an executive bylaw to identify the authorities and the systems that will have to cooperate with the ministry for achieving such a huge task.

When asked if a penalty of one-year imprisonment or KD 10,000 fine or both will be applied on those who refuse to undergo DNA testing, the sources clarified that the penalty will be issued against those who do not have proper excuses to refrain from it, as decided by the executive bylaw in three months from the date the law is officially published.

They indicated that the bylaw will determine the biological sample to take for the DNA testing such as blood, saliva, skin cells, etc, affirming that DNA testing will contribute to increased security in the society and justice through quicker identification of culprits.

Meanwhile, the Public Prosecution has ordered the detention of 20 suspects who are being interrogated in connection with the suicide bombing of the Imam Al- Sadiq Mosque in Sawaber, reports Al-Qabas daily.

The Prosecutor has issued orders to form an investigation team given the importance of the crime and sensitivity keeping in mind the interrogations has to be completed within 10 days from the date of detention (the period determined for the referral of the case to the court according to law).

The 20 suspects who are Kuwaitis, Saudis and bedoun are being interrogated around the clock, say sources. The sources said the number of those detained is expected to increase over the next 48 hours based on confessions given by suspects who are already in police custody.

In a related development, the Public Prosecution has asked the State Security apparatus to submit a complete report on investigations with the suspects of the Imam Al-Sadiq Mosque and technical report on evidence collected by the security authority including the type of explosive the suicide bomber used to blow himself up, reports Al-Jarida daily.

The sources noted the Prosecution has requested for complete details about the suspects and their relationship with the bombing including minute details of people who have coordinated between the bomber and the cell in Kuwait.

The sources pointed out the Prosecution is still waiting for some technical reports from the Criminal Evidences Department on the explosives particularly since the security investigations have yet to confirm whether the bomb was smuggled into the country or made in Kuwait. The Prosecution is also waiting for reports from the Ministry of Health concerning people who are injured.

On the other hand, high level security sources said the Prosecution will press for capital punishment for the main suspects.

Source: Arab Times

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