Kuwait enacts law to make DNA testing mandatory

All 1.9m Kuwaitis and 2.9m expats in the country must give sample or face jail, fines
Kuwait enacts law to make DNA testing mandatory
By Neil Halligan
Sun 05 Jul 2015 05:28 PM

Kuwait has passed a law that will force its citizens and residents to give DNA samples.

The move is part of the country’s response to the ISIL bomb attack on Kuwait City’s Imam Al Sadeq mosque, which killed 27 people.

The law aims to create a comprehensive DNA database of the 1.9 million Kuwaitis and 2.9 million expats in the country, which Kuwait Times newspaper said will be used to track criminals and terrorists.

Anyone who refuses to give a sample will face a year in jail and a fine of $33,000 (KD10,000). Anyone who provides a fake sample will face a seven-year jail sentence.

The government also approved a $400 million emergency funding for the interior ministry, which oversees the security forces.

“We have approved the DNA testing law and approved the additional funding. We are prepared to approve anything needed to boost security measures in the country,” independent MP Jamal Al Omar said.

Following the bomb attack last week, authorities arrested 90 people, including two police officers as part of a security crackdown on Islamist militants. Following the attack, which also injured 200 people, the government declared it was at war with Islamist militants and said would strike at cells believed to be on its soil.

Security forces found weapons, ammunition, maps and slogans supporting ISIL in a raid on the home of a student and another suspect who said they had received the weapons from the two police officers.

Ten suspects, among them Saudis, Kuwaitis and stateless residents, had been referred to the public prosecution, it reported, a move that indicates a criminal case has been opened.

Among the 10 are five principal suspects accused of helping the suicide bomber, a Saudi, carry out the attack.

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