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Over 900 people arrested in bid to ‘clean’ country
March 16, 2015, 9:04 am
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7,667 expats awaiting deportation

The public security sector led by Major-General Abdel Fattah Al-Ali in continuation of the Interior Ministry’s tremendous efforts to clean the country of vice and people wanted by law reportedly organized 420 security checkpoints and arrested 26 people wanted for committing criminal felons, 80 wanted in connection with civil felons, 191 reported absconding, issued 394 traffic citations and arrested 618 people for not holding identification papers, and impounded 45 vehicles, reports Al-Anba daily. A security source said 7,667 expatriates are in custody of police who are awaiting deportation.

300 ‘beggars’ deported

The Interior Ministry has deported 300 expatriates — mostly Arabs — in 2014 after they were caught begging for alms, reports Al- Anba daily. According to the daily Director-General of the General Department for Criminal Investigation Major-General Mahmoud Al-Tabbakh has issued strict instructions to refer all beggars to the Criminal Investigation Department and shun all attempts to release them.

He disclosed attempts are being exerted by some quarters who seek as much as KD 1,500 to release people arrested for violating laws. Meanwhile, the Al-Shahed daily said the anti-begging squad wearing civilian clothes and affiliated to the Capital Governorate is continuing efforts to fight the phenomenon of begging. The squad is said to have organized several campaigns in public places and commercial markets and recently arrested two Asian women begging for alms inside the Mubarakiya market and referred them to authorities.

‘Eyes’ on patrolmen

As part of a security development plan, the Interior Ministry has given the go ahead to document tasks of patrolmen by installing radars and cameras inside patrol cars to record what happens on the streets between securitymen and violators of laws and also people wanted by law, reports Al-Shahed daily.

A security source said the project will enable the Operation Room of the Ministry of Interior to monitor patrols and their locations and also document measures adopted by patrolmen through audio and video gadgets. This will eliminate malicious complaints and false accusations which sometimes are being filed against patrolmen and will also help the authorities to punish men in uniform who are negligent in their duties.

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