The Interior Ministry has referred the members of the so-called ‘Fintas Group’ to the Public Prosecutor after the completion of preliminary investigations in the case, reports a local daily. According to reliable sources the Group’s seven members who have been referred to the Prosecution include lawyers and some members of the ruling family.
The sources added the ‘suspects’ are charged with undermining public order, abusing the authority of H.H. the Amir, inciting others to create panic, spreading rumors, interfering in the work of the judiciary and humiliating judges. The sources say one of the lawyers was arrested for participating in an unauthorized rally last March and during interrogation the security authorities gathered a lot of information from him including personal telephone numbers of some people who are involved in illegal activity. The sources added the Public Prosecutor will begin investigations with the accused amid reports the number of those involved in the case may increase.
The sources also expect the investigations to unfold important information about several other issues, most importantly the issue of the so-called tapes of sedition, their objectives and the manner in which they were prepared. The sources pointed those in custody are charged with undermining public order and infringing on the powers of HH the Amir.
Sources say these crimes fall within the scope of the State Security and carry a punishment of up to 10 years imprisonment and in some cases even capital punishment. Earlier the National Assembly had unanimously approved the proposal submitted by 29 lawmakers to refer the file of the Fintas Group, which has been suspected of engaging in conspiracy activities, to the Public Prosecution. The conspirators have allegedly been spreading rumors to instigate chaos in the society.
Their purported objectives include destabilizing national security and incite conflicts in an attempt to collapse the entire system. The lawmakers had asked the prosecution to reveal names of all those involved; including politicians, former lawmakers and journalists complete with the roles they played in planning and execution of the conspiracy plots.
They want the outcome of the investigation to be published to keep the people updated on the issue. The lawmakers accused the group of maligning the judiciary and every honorable sector in the country, saying assault on government figures is the work of those enmeshed in the misappropriation of public funds using unethical methods considering it a national security issue. They promised to face those involved in corruption squarely by ensuring that their secrets and fabrications are put in the open.