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DNA tests required to get Kuwaiti passports: Jarrah
December 15, 2015, 8:18 am

Commenting on withdrawing the citizenship of cleric Nabil Al-Awadhi, the Ministry of Interior’s Assistant Undersecretary for Citizenship and Passports Major General Mazen Al-Jarrah stressed that MP Kamel Al-Awadhi arranged for a meeting with him (Jarrah) prior to the withdrawal of the citizenship, in which Awadhi offered to “do anything to cancel the decision”, reports Kuwait Times citing Al-Rai Arabic Daily.

Speaking in a meeting at writer Saad Al-Motesh’s National Unity Diwaniya in Sulaibikhat, Jarrah stressed that meeting him at Awadhi’s diwaniya in Daiyah, Nabil Al-Awadhi told him that he was “ready to do anything the authorities wanted him to do and asked for 24 hours grace to ‘turn Twitter upside down’. He meant to arrange things with his allies,” Jarrah said.

Speaking about the new Kuwaiti passports, Jarrah said that DNA tests will be a condition to issue them with the aim of building a database with citizens’ DNA information. He explained that issuance of the new passports would start by the beginning of the year, starting with diplomats before offering it to all citizens through service centers, where a special criminal investigation clerk would be present to do the DNA tests for applicants. “DNA will be a condition to register babies older than six months, be born in or outside Kuwait in order to prevent unlawfully adding anybody to citizenship files,” he explained, noting that he followed up this measure with a ruling family member.

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