KUWAIT: Companies, linked with individuals or groups abusing expatriate workers' residencies by trading in them, will pay full expenses for sheltering and deportation of said labor, said Minister of Social Affairs Mariam Al-Aqeel Saturday.

In a press statement, Aqeel -- also Minister of State for Economic affairs -- indicated that companies abusing the rights of workers would have their cases directly handled by the public prosecution for criminal acts.

If found guilty, the accused parties should expect the full force of the law, she affirmed. Aqeel said that citizens and residents alike should band together to fight crime and fend off injustice, especially during these trying times. - KUNA