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Kuwaiti MP Calls for Probe of Alleged Israeli Business Ties

A Kuwaiti MP has called for an official investigation of country’s interior minister for allegedly establishing business ties with Israel.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 2/11/2013, 10:06 AM

Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi greets Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed
Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi greets Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed
Reuters

A Kuwaiti parliamentarian on Sunday called for an official investigation of the country’s interior minister for allegedly establishing business ties with an Israeli company and for failing to control opposition-led protests.

Shiite lawmaker Faisal al-Duwaisan claimed that the interior ministry has purchased a border security system to fortify the emirate's border with Iraq from SENSTAR Corp in Canada, AFP reported.

Duwaisan said that SENSTAR is entirely owned by Israel's Magal Security Systems, meaning that the interior minister has violated the Israel boycott laws and committed a "grave mistake".

He said Interior Minister Sheikh Ahmad al-Homud al-Sabah, a senior member of the ruling family, is responsible for sending a delegation from the ministry to SENSTAR plant in Canada to inspect the security system.

He claimed that continuing the project with the Israeli company and ignoring Kuwait's national interests "amounts to treason ... and to subjecting Kuwait's national security to danger", according to AFP.  

Duwaisan also charged that the minister has failed to control opposition-led protests by giving contradictory orders to the security forces, maintaining that, "he is incapable of handling this sensitive issue".

The allegations are expected to be debated in parliament in approximately two-weeks time and could lead to a no-confidence motion which if passed would mean an automatic dismissal of the minister, according to Kuwaiti law.

Oil-rich Kuwait has seen a number of demonstrations over the past several months in protest against amending the electoral law by the emir.

Opposition groups had also boycotted the December 1 polls and continue to demand the dissolution of parliament.

Last week, MP Hussein al-Qallaf, another Shiite lawmaker, sought to probe Communications Minister Salem al-Othaina over allegations of administrative irregularities.

Several other MPs have also threatened to initiate an investigation into the oil and finance ministers.