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Police brutality on the rise
July 13, 2013, 11:29 am
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Philippine Embassy opt to defend strongly its nationals’ civil and human rights

By Ricky Laxa
Staff Writer

A significant number of police and criminal cases have been reported in local news during the past two weeks streamlining police brutality with abuse of authority. One of the most vocal among foreign embassies in the country is the Philippines, which opted to have their legal battles transparent to local and foreign media. The embassy’s Consul General and Charges D’ Affaires Attorney Raul Dado with his team of officials from the Assistance to the Nationals Unit has been heading its rescue missions constant repatriation of its distressed workers and waging legal battles against its nationals’ perpetrators and abusers. For the past two weeks reports of sexual rape, brutality and abuse of authorities have been filed against local police. On the other hand, Kuwait law prosecutes and brings to justice these criminals, allowing no stones unturned during its investigations.

Among the incidences raised and published in local news include a Filipina woman who was sexually abused in her own residence Kheitan. She reported hearing knocks on her door at three in the morning.  Four men, three of which are clad in police uniforms and an Egyptian national accompanying demanded to see her Civil ID. After excusing herself to get the ID from her bag, one of the men followed in the room and sexually abused her successively by another police and the Egyptian national. One took her mobile number and called while she was at work. By mistake one of the policemen dropped his cuffs that further helped in identifying the officials who were at on duty that day as well as the phone number registered. Three perpetrators were arrested and currently facing legal charges filed by the Philippine Embassy.

Another prominent case published was a fitness instructor working for a local female gym in Khaldiya who reported being attacked by a police stationed in the premises of “Baladia” of Health Municipality in Sharq. The Filipina fitness instructor told The Times that she along with other Romanian instructors were brought by their “Mandoob” or company representative to the Baladia office to renew their papers, after sometime since she could speak Arabic, she spoke to her mandoob that resulted to a light argument. After two hours, The Egyptian mandoob retuned with a police who demanded to talk to her, thinking that their papers were ready, she followed them. The police  however asked her as to why she was creating a problem, the instructress was appalled with the rude and harsh reaction of the policeman, however the instructress explained that there is no such incident, the police in turn grabbed and picked her up from her head and dragged her down a  steep staircase. It took a minute of tow when screams and were heard that panicked her colleagues to see the commotion. They rushed down and saw their Filipina colleague in a sofa, unconscious and bloodied. Cleaners were asked to clean the crime scene immediately in an attempt to conceal the crime. They were not allowed to get near her but later asked to accompany in the ambulance where she was able to tell recounts of her ordeal before she passed out. The Filipina instructor suffered a broken knee that require major operation, broken wrists and head trauma. The witnesses have positively identified the policeman and the Egyptian mandoob of the company who still works in the gym transporting female instructors to and from work. Amidst assurances given by her gym owners to fully support her. The Filipina instructor worries as to how she can still work in such condition since her arms and legs are her tools in teaching aerobics. Medical reports have been submitted to the Philippine Embassy and preparations are being done with lawyers assigned in filing the case and initiate arrest on her attackers.

Another incident was reported to the Times two days back by the head of the Assistant to the Nationals Mar Hassan that another Filipina domestic helper was reported by her Lebanese employer to the embassy that two policemen on patrol beat her house helper and left her on the road bloodied. According to the report, the Filipina worker was about to throw garbage when two policemen called her, fearing for her safety since news of police abusing and beating up Filipina women were circulating she ran towards apartment where her employer was. The police caught up and commenced beating her, the employer ran down to aid her maid and explained that she is legal and she has papers to prove. However, the police told her to stay out or she will suffer the same fate. The police took her to the car, the employer took the documents to prove her househelper’s legal status and she proceeded to Salwa police station. The Lebanese employer arrived but did not find the policemen and her maid instead after sometime; the two policemen arrived and told her that her maid is home. She rushed back and found her maid badly bruised. The Filipina claimed that she was beaten up by the two policemen. They wanted to file the case in the same police station in Salwa but were asked to return few times. The police refused to accept the case for no reason causing the employer to doubt if the police were trying to protect an official who caused the crime. The employer then sought the assistance of the Philippine Embassy, which immediately assigned lawyers to look after her case.

“The Philippine Embassy has sworn to protect its nationals’ interest, welfare, rights and safety and we are confident that Kuwait justice upholds its integrity and respect for human rights. We thank them for quick actions and response in taking action to their commitments and we are grateful,” commented Charges D’ Affaires Atty. Raul Dado.

Most of these incidences along with other cases of civilians posing as local authorities posted on social media channels have gone viral that have caught the attention of international and local human rights lawyers who have offered their services free to defend the victims in Kuwait court. “What do these people think when they commit these crimes? That this country is a jungle and that there are no laws and repercussion to what they do to people? The most terrifying thing is if they can commit such crime to foreigners without remorse what about to us in time it can happen,” commented Human Rights lawyer Sheikah Fauziah Al-Sabah.

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