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Kuwait Parliament refers Interior Ministry spending to prosecution
February 7, 2018, 3:33 pm
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The National Assembly (Parliament) on Wednesday approved referring a report by the parliamentary budgets and final accounts committee on some expenditures in the Ministry of Interior to the Public Prosecution for investigating purported public funds' squandering. The MPs blessed the move during today's complementary session, after MPs started discussing committees' reports namely the budgets commission paper on the MoI spending, particularly costs for accommodating guests, holding ceremonies, granting gifts and trips (in the fiscal years 2014-2015 and 2015-2016).

The committee decided, in light of (suspected) irregularities under abovementioned categories, to refer the relevant reports along with documents, including accusations against "the concerned parties for the suspected squandering of public funds and submitting the case to the public prosecution on charges of committing a criminal offense." Moreover, the committee recommended that the government, namely the concerned department (MoI), take punitive action against culprits of non-criminal administrative violations.

The government, according to the commission recommendations, is asked to submit a report about the taken procedures with respect of the abovementioned recommendations once every six months.

The commission indicated that its recommendations were identical to others that had been issued by the Audit Bureau, as well as the final report by the MoI investigation panel. Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim, during today's session, began the deliberation on this topic. Later, he presented MPs' request to stop the discussions on the issue.

The proposal was approved with 25 MPs in favor, against 23 opponents. 

Source: KUNA

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