Outrage over entry of terror cell into Kuwait

Kuwait City: The arrest of members of a terrorist cell linked to Muslim Brotherhood in Kuwait has sparked a massive public controversy over the way they managed to enter the country.

“It is more difficult to obtain an entry visa to Kuwait than to the US,” some Kuwaiti citizens said.

Editor-in-Chief of Kuwaiti daily Al Siyassa and Dean of Kuwaiti journalism Ahmed Al Jarallah questioned how eight individuals, who were sentenced to up to 15 years in jail, had entry visas issued, according to Kuwaiti Interior Ministry.

Scores of Twitter followers wondered about the “sponsor” who allowed those fugitives to Kuwait to avoid Egyptian police forces’ chase.

According to Al Jarallah, they managed to enter Kuwait with the aid of some cells. They wouldn’t be able to do so without being sponsored. “Sponsors must be arrested,” he said.

“The sponsor will be identified. The suspects were sponsored by people or entities affiliated to Muslim Brotherhood, some members of which have power in some fields inside Kuwait,” he added.

Kuwaiti Journalist Fuad Al Hashem said about 100 to 150 Egyptian Islamists have fled to Kuwait over the past 18 months, including experts in vehicle booby-traps and launching RPG weapons and other missiles. “Those elements entered Kuwait with the aid of Kuwaiti companies and institutions owned by Kuwaiti Islamists,” he told Sky News Arabia.

“The leader of Muslim Brotherhood in Kuwait is an adviser to the Prime Minister. When an adviser at the Prime Minister’s Office provides the Interior Minister with a list of Egyptian visitors, entry visas will obviously be issued easily, knowing that it is more difficult to obtain an entry visa to Kuwait than to the US,” he pointed out.

l Kuwait’s navy and ports authority will prepare security plans to protect the key Opec exporter’s ports, state news agency Kuna said yesterday, amid heightened tensions between Iran and the West.

A joint co-operation protocol was signed “at an important period which the region is passing through security-wise”, Kuwait Port Authority manager Shaikh Yousef Abdullah Al Nasser Al Sabah was quoted as saying.

Shaikh Yousef said concerted efforts were needed to maintain the security of the small Gulf state’s ports and “ensure full readiness for any potential emergency”, including training and exchange of experiences.

Relations between Iran and the West have become increasingly strained after Britain seized an Iranian tanker in Gibraltar last week and London said its warship HMS Montrose had to fend off Iranian vessels seeking to block a British-owned tanker from passing through the Strait of Hormuz. The most recent incidents followed a spate of attacks on tankers since May around the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman, which the US has blamed on Iran.

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