Justice minister’s resignation to be accepted

Dr-Nayef-Al-AjmiKUWAIT: Minister of Justice and Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Dr Nayef Al-Ajmi submitted his resignation from the Cabinet on Thursday, the second time this year, Cabinet insiders revealed. Ajmi asked to be relieved of his duties for health reasons in a letter to Prime Minister HH Sheikh Jaber Al- Mubarak Al-Sabah. His resignation is expected to be officially accepted as early as today, said the sources who spoke to Al-Rai daily on the condition of anonymity. The Cabinet had rejected Ajmi’s resignation last month which he had submitted for health reasons as well.

He resumed his duties after meeting HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al- Sabah, who reportedly asked him to remain in office. A report last week had suggested that Ajmi’s resignation was not denied, but was rather postponed until a final decision could be made within a couple of weeks. Earlier this year, Ajmi’s name appeared in a report released by the US Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence David Cohen, who accused him of having a history of “promoting jihad in Syria”. Ajmi acknowledged he had taken part in fundraising campaigns for Syria, but insisted they had been for humanitarian purposes and not for Syria’s Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front as alleged by Cohen.

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