Saudi beheaded for ‘killing’ father

RIYADH, April 30, (AFP): A Saudi national who murdered his father and a drug trafficker were beheaded Thursday, bringing to 71 the number of executions carried out this year in the kingdom, the government said. The number compares with 87 in the whole of 2014, according to an AFP tally. Abdullah al-Balawi was beheaded after being convicted of stabbing his father to death, the interior ministry said, cited by the official Saudi Press Agency. SPA said he had planned the murder, but it did not say what his motives may have been

‘Nurses’ arrested in crackdown

Some of the illegal expatriates arrested

Some of the illegal expatriates arrested

KUWAIT CITY, April 30: During a crackdown on illegal residents and violators of residence law, police have arrested several people who worked as nurses and were under the sponsorship of an illusory trading and contracting company, reports Al-Rai daily.

The arrests came following orders issued by the Assistant Undersecretary for Nationality and Passports Affair Major- General Sheikh Mazen Al-Jarrah after he received a tip-off that many Asians were working as nurses and taking care of children and the elderly people in violation of residence law. The illusory company was allegedly run by an Iraqi who is still at large.

The five ‘nurses’ who have been arrested for violating the residence and labor laws have been referred to the authorities. During interrogation three maids said they were working on a daily wage basis.

Ethiopian woman abducted, raped in Ahmadi farm

KUWAIT CITY, April 30: Police are looking for two people, one of them believed to be an Ethiopian for kidnapping and raping an Ethiopian woman in a farm in Ahmadi, reports Al-Anba daily. Asecurity source said the victim has filed a complaint with the Farwaniya Police Station accusing the Ethiopian taxi driver and another person of forcing her into a taxi and taking her to a farm in Abdali. The men then raped her repeatedly. After she managed to escape from the men, an unidentified person took her to the police station. The woman has provided police the name of the driver. Meanwhile, police are looking for a Filipino saleswoman for betrayal of trust, reports Al-Anba daily. The saleswoman is said to have escaped from the company after stealing 10 wrist watches worth KD 600.

20 cars seized: The Hawally traffic police during intensive campaigns in various areas within the province over the past 24 hours have issued 200 citations, impounded 20 cars and referred four expatriate motorists to the area Police Station, reports Al-Qabas daily.

Magician nabbed: Police have arrested a Sudanese for practicing black magic, reports Al-Rai daily. A security source said the suspect arrived into the country two months ago on business visa to work as legal researcher on monthly salary of KD 350. The arrest came after police were tipped off about the man’s activity. Police reportedly raided his home and seized from him tools used in the trade. The ‘magician’ has admitted to earning thousands of dinars in a short period of time. He also gave the name of a compatriot who helped him get the business visit visa. The compatriot friend also has been arrested because he was aware of the man’s activities.

Gang leader held: The Lebanese security authorities have arrested the leader of a gang, identified only as Wael Taleb, in connection with the kidnap of a Kuwaiti identified as Essam Al-Houti in August 2012, reports Al-Qabas daily. Essam was released after the payment of ransom money.

Around 188 persons arrested in various crimes; cars seized

KUWAIT CITY, April 30: Officers from Public Security sector of Ministry of Interior arrested 188 individuals for various crimes and seized 20 vehicles during a number of surprise security campaigns launched in all six governorates, reports Al- Seyassah daily.

In Hawally Governorate, they arrested 15 wanted individuals, 30 individuals who violated the residency law or were reported as absconding and four others in possession of alcohol and drugs. In Farwaniya Governorate, they arrested 14 individuals who violated the residency law and 12 wanted individuals including three who were reported as absconding.

The officers also arrested two individuals for breaching trust and 14 others for possessing liquor and drugs.

In Jahra Governorate, the security campaigns resulted in the arrest of 20 individuals for possession of drugs, 4 individuals who are wanted by law, and one individual for entering the country illegally. In Ahmadi Governorate, the officers seized 14 vehicles and arrested 13 individuals who violated the residency law, 14 individuals who are wanted by law and 4 individuals possessing drugs and alcohol.

In Mubarak Al-Kabeer Governorate, the campaign resulted in the arrest of a man in possession of drugs, while in Capital Governorate, 9 wanted individuals were arrested. The Operations Unit arrested 33 individuals in possession of drugs and alcohol.

Public Security sector affirmed that such security campaigns will continue to be held in all parts of the country in order to arrest the violators of law and preserve security and safety of the country and its people.

One held as cops shot at, attacked with knives, pelted with stones

KUWAIT CITY, April 30: An unidentified reckless driver was chased by Jahra securitymen to Naeem area where he stopped in front of his house and fired gunshots at securitymen while his brother attacked them with a knife and a group of 20 men pelted the officers with stones, says Al- Seyassah.

According to security sources, a patrol team noticed an individual driving his vehicle recklessly and ordered him to stop. However, the suspect intentionally hit the patrol vehicle before speeding away, forcing the officers to chase him in order to arrest him. He eventually stopped in front of his house in Naeem area where a group of men were waiting. They started throwing stones at the officers while the suspect started firing gunshots and his brother tried to attack them with a knife. Eventually, they fled from the location but securitymen managed to arrest the suspect’s brother. Acase was registered and investigations are ongoing to find and arrest the reckless driver and the individuals who threw stones at the officers.

Small girl molested: A Syrian expatriate was arrested for kissing a 7- year old girl on the neck. According to a press statement, an Egyptian expatriate filed a molestation case at Andalous Police Station against the suspect, informing securitymen that the latter paid his daughter 250 fils and kissed her on her neck. He revealed that he and his family live in the same vicinity in Andalous area as the suspect. The suspect is currently being questioned about the matter.

Drunk at borders:AKuwaiti citizen was arrested at Nuwaiseeb border checkpoint for consuming liquor and possessing three bottles of imported liquor. According to a press statement, customs officers stopped the suspect after noticing his disoriented state and checked him to find the liquor bottles. He was arrested and referred to the concerned authorities for necessary legal action against him.

Prisoner molested: An unidentified inmate of the Central Prison has filed a complaint with the Sulaibiya Police Station accusing an unidentified inmate of the same ward of molesting him, reports Al-Kuwaitiah daily. The daily added, the suspect was caught by the guards of the Central Prison and legal action has been initiated against him.

Kuwait celebrates Int’l Labor Day

KUWAIT CITY, April 30, (KUNA): Kuwait is set to celebrate the International Labor Day, on Friday May 1st, to honor the efforts of workers who played a big role in the country’s development. The Kuwaiti Constitution has preserved the rights of the labor force through Article Number 22, which states that relations between employers and employees and between landlords and tenants must be regulated by law on economic principles, while also provide rules of social justice.

Meanwhile, the National Constitution also states that job opportunities must be created for Kuwaiti citizens, and that no work could be forced upon workers. In the 50s, Kuwait issued several laws on government cadres and workers in the private sector. Moreover, after the independence, Kuwait had signed a number of agreements issued by the International Labour Organization (ILO) regarding the safety and rights of workers.

The country also signed international agreements on the freedom of unions, working hours, paid vacations, work injuries, child labor and compulsive work. Different workers’ unions and societies were established in Kuwait under the supervision of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, with the first one being the union of municipality workers in 1963.

Kuwait has recently hosted the 42nd Arab Labor Conference with the participation of 19 ministers, 50 commerce chambers, six economic councils and 67 regional and international delegations from labor organizations, aiming to resolve issues facing the job market.

May 1st was chosen to be International Workers’ Day in order to commemorate the May 4th, 1886 Haymarket incident in Chicago. The police were trying to disperse a public assembly during a general strike demanding an eight-hour workday, when an unidentified person threw a bomb at the police. The police responded by firing on the workers, killing four demonstrators.

Old-timers face ouster

KUWAIT CITY, April 30: The educational districts have informed about 400 employees occupying leadership positions with 35 years of service on the plan to refer them for retirement by June 30, reports Al-Seyassah daily quoting sources. Sources disclosed confidential letters have been sent to the concerned employees regarding the decision.

Sources said the letters told the employees that they will be referred for retirement immediately after reaching 35 years in service, giving them the option to submit their demand for retirement before June 10 if they want to.

Meanwhile, sources said instructions have been issued to conduct a study on the transformation of educational districts into independent sectors administrated by directors with the rank of assistant undersecretaries. Sources added this will lead to the cancellation of the organizational structure of the Public Education Sector. Sources revealed the study will look into the positive and negative consequences of changing the organizational structure.

Sources also clarified the aim of the study is not to increase the number of leadership positions but to execute plans and strategies laid down by the ministry for the coming years. Sources went on to say Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Bader Al-Essa wants to grant full autonomy and additional powers to the directors of educational districts.