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Politicians ‘link’ to terror cells under probe
August 2, 2015, 9:27 am

The chains of successes recorded by Kuwaiti security operatives in the past few weeks in arresting and dismantling cells of the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (DAESH) has been manifesting. Security sources indicated that the authorities have detected what they call “treasure of secrets and hidden agenda” concerning DAESH cells, their members and plans to disrupt security and stability in Kuwait.

They revealed that security institutions in the country received directives from the top leaders to investigate if there are any hidden links between members of terrorist and extremist cells and politicians and former lawmakers, affirming that investigations are ongoing to confirm or refute these links. The sources explained that nobody can rule out the possibility of such links directly or indirectly especially since the political figures and former lawmakers have clear relations through donor agencies and charitable societies, as they are involved in collection of donations without obtaining official licenses.

Nobody is sure whether the funds collected are being spent for legitimate purposes or in support of the suspicious activities of the extremist groups. The suspicion is due to the fact that some former lawmakers expressed firm support of Islamist activists by sponsoring their seminars and training courses. Some of the youths who benefitted from those programs later joined DAESH due to which the concerned security authorities have been conducting investigations in this regard.

Meanwhile, a source revealed that the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khalid Al-Sabah has issued simultaneous verbal and confidential directives to follow-up this file, especially after the recent arrest of members of a terrorist cell. The minister directed them to keep informing the State Security Department about their findings because the department is advanced with highly experienced detectives and officers who can effectively handle relevant technologies and the latest audiovisual devices to detect the real identities of individuals who write blogs from overseas and are suspected to have links with extremists inside the country.

The source indicated that the Cabinet has granted Minister of Interior with all necessary prerogatives to deal with terrorist and extremist issues, and investigate links with former Islamist lawmakers and others under the same radar. He disclosed that investigations that were carried out place after the bombing of Imam Al-Sadiq Mosque led the security operatives to obtain some vital information regarding how the suicide bomber entered the place as well as about interactions among some Islamic extremists and former lawmakers, and their roles in supporting radical groups.

In similar news, the five members of a DAESH cell who were recently arrested had actually fell in a trap set by the officers of State Security Department after convincing them that DAESH sympathizers in Kuwait had collected a large sum of money and was looking for someone to transfer the amount to fighters, reports Al-Rai daily. The suspects were also informed that some people wanted to join them in the Jihad. They were eventually arrested when they arrived in Kuwait.

Source: Arab Times

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