Sheikh Sabah says issue will have his 'personal attention'

KUWAIT: HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah yesterday reaffirmed no one "whatsoever" would evade punishment related to public funds crimes, and said this file "will be under my personal attention", urging the media and public to refrain from dealing with issues being examined by the judiciary.

"We reaffirm our relentless keenness on preserving public funds, and our commitment to protecting them, and affirm that no one, no matter his position, will evade punishment if convicted in public funds crimes. There shall be no protection to the corrupt, and this file will have my personal attention," the Amir underlined.

He noted that Kuwait is a state of institutions and rule of law, whose constitution states that "all people are equal in human dignity, and in public rights and duties before the law." HH the Amir, who regretted the exchange of accusations in the media and social media which "are rejected by our faith and tradition of Kuwaiti people", affirmed that the judiciary in Kuwait is independent and integral and respected by all.

The Amir added that an issue was at the judiciary, so the "media should refrain from dealing with this issue until a verdict is issued…and it will be executed once issued". He urged the people to "be wise and abide by values of our Kuwaiti society, which is keen on refraining from tarnishing people and their reputation, and not unleashing unfounded accusations".
HH the Amir reiterated his commitment to freedom of speech and expression, "but will not allow anything to undermine security and stability of the nation, or trigger devastating chaos". "I call upon my fellow citizens to be aware of the interests of our dear nation and the protection of its security and stability, stand united against whoever tries to undermine national unity, and stay away from assemblies that might deviate from their objectives and lead to chaos," the Amir said, urging them to learn lessons from others.

HH the Amir hoped the new government would meet the aspirations of the Kuwaiti people, a matter that requires "serious cooperation" between the government, parliament and people. He said he is confident the Kuwaiti people are capable of overcoming all hardships towards national unity and achievements. - KUNA