Jaber gets additional powers to clean up Interior Ministry

January 24, 2011

Kuwaiti Interior Minister Shaikh Jaber Al Khaled Al Sabah has been granted full authority to “clean up” the ministry, a local paper said.

The extra powers include rotating personnel and removing senior officers stalling “genuine efforts to protect Kuwait and Kuwaiti citizens”.

The decision was made after Mohammad Al Mutairi, a Kuwaiti national, was last week tortured to death by interior ministry staff and officers resorted to a massive cover-up.

Shaikh Jaber, upon receiving the medical report on Al Mutairi’s suspicious death, resigned, but was asked to keep his post until at least the end of the investigation into the case that deeply shocked Kuwait.

According to Al Watan daily, the Kuwaiti leadership was “deeply disturbed by the news about Al Mutairi’s death and the subsequent cover-up”.

An initial investigation has concluded that Al Mutairi, accused by the police of trafficking in alcohol and drugs, died under extreme torture by several agents who reportedly acted on orders from a highly-placed officer.




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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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