Nine Kuwaiti ex-MPs summoned for storming parliament

December 18, 2011

Nine Kuwaiti former lawmakers will be investigated on Sunday after they were summoned by the public prosecutor over the storming of the parliament last month.

The legal probe was launched after the Emir pledged a zero-tolerance policy towards those found guilty of involvement in the unprecedented incident when dozens of young people, led by mainly Islamist lawmakers, forced their way into the building and reached the main hall where they reiterated their calls for the resignation of the government.

The crowd targeted the parliament after they were not allowed to march towards the residence of the prime minister following a rally in a square in Kuwait City.

The cabinet eventually stepped down on November 29, but the case against those who took part in the parliament storming was not closed and several participants have already been summoned for questioning and later released on bail. However, none of them was a member of the parliament dissolved earlier this month.

“Being summoned by the public prosecutor is a great honour for me,” former MP Waleed Al Tabtabai, said. “I was one of the leaders of the popular movement that contributed to the resignation of the government and the dissolution of the parliament. I will go to the prosecution office on Sunday and will enter the building through the main door, with my head high and in front of the lenses of the satellite stations and cameras of the photographers. What we did is a source of pride because we did our best to save the country from a government and a parliament that harmed political life,” he told Kuwaiti media.

The other ex-MPs summoned are Mislim Al Barak, Khalid Al Tahoos, Faisal Al Mislim, Jamaan Al Harbesh, Falah Al Sawagh, Mubarak Al Waalan, Mohammad Al Mateer and Salem Al Namlan.

Former MPs who were last week investigated over an alleged financial scandal in which they reportedly received huge funds deposited in their banks accounts to influence their voting were released on bail.



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