Minister of Justice, Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Yaqoub Al-Sanea has affirmed that the proposed criminals' extradition treaty among the GCC states does not stipulate that Kuwait will be compelled to hand over Kuwaiti citizens to any of the Council's member states.
In remarks published by the Kuwaiti daily, Al-Jarida, on Sunday, the minister indicated that he was surprised at criticisms of the tentative treaty, signed by the GCC officials during a recent meeting in Doha, affirming Kuwait's keenness on its citizens' interests. "The Government will not under any circumstances breach provisions of the Constitution and will not adopt any accord that may violate the constitutional articles," he affirmed.
According to the proposed accord, Kuwait is obliged to extradite a citizen of another GCC country wanted by the latter. This is applicable to the case of a Kuwaiti present in another member country of the Council.
Meanwhile in the Qatari capital, the daily Al-Sharq published today an interview with the Kuwaiti minister, saying that the GCC anti-terrorism law would not breach freedoms in the GCC states. The GCC ministers of justice, during their recent 27th meeting in Doha, discussed the joint law that would be re-examined in the end of this month.
"We assure every-body that the law will not infringe on freedoms which we consider as a red line and I am absolutely sure that the GCC states advocate freedom of its societies," Minister Al-Sanea told the Qatari newspaper. On the Kuwaiti issues, the "Al-Abdali cell" and the bombing of Imam Al-Sadiq Mosque, the minister re-affirmed that the Kuwaitis stood united in face of such challenges.