MP flags tough penalties for people fighting outside Kuwait

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A Kuwaiti MP has called for 30 years jail for Kuwaitis who take part in fighting outside the country and for those who instigate and encourage them, it was reported.

In a draft law submitted on Sunday, Nabeel Al Fadl called for a jail term of between five to 20 years and/or a fine of between KD10,000 ($35,361) and 20,000 ($70,721) for Kuwaitis who take part in combat operations outside Kuwait and those who promote, encourage, instigate and support such exercises.

He said the same penalty should be applied to those who belonged to “groups or organisations” considered terrorist by local, Arab or regional laws and others who sympathised with them, The Kuwait Times reported.

In addition, the draft law said that if a convicted person was a member of the army, national guard or police, the penalty will be between 10 to 30 years in jail and the fine increased to between KD 20,000 and KD 30,000.

Fadl, a columnist-politician highly critical of Islamists, said the draft legislation was needed to safeguard the security of Kuwait and the region from dangers posed by extremist groups who were misusing religion.

The draft law called on the interior and foreign ministries to form a joint committee that will continually prepare and update lists of groups that are considered dangerous to local security and its members, the Times reported.

It would have no right to exempt any religious extremist groups from the law, it said.

Any draft law in Kuwait must be passed by Assembly committees, debated and passed by the Assembly and accepted by the government and signed by HH the Amir in order to become law.

Local media reported a number of Kuwaitis had travelled to Syria to fight in the uprising against President Bashar Al Assad’s government.

Last week, Saudi King Abdullah issued a decree stipulating up to 20 years in jail for Saudis who are members of “terrorist groups” and join fighting abroad.

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