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Kuwaiti security guards kidnap and imprison their own officer in “cold lock-up”

This article first appeared on our partner site, Independent Arabia

Kuwaiti state security agents affiliated with the Interior Ministry are under investigation for kidnapping and torture of a senior officer, the ministry confirmed in a statement to Independent Arabia.

The ministry declined to provide further details, saying only the suspects were under investigation.

According to the local newspaper Al-Qabas, the officer was reportedly held in a cold cell until he lost consciousness, and officers told investigators their actions were “in accordance with normal military procedures” used to extract confessions from suspects.

Security officials further said senior state security officials were aware of the incident, the newspaper added, raising questions about the political future of Interior Minister Sheikh Thamer Al. -Salem Al-Sabah.

Abdul Karim Al-Kandari, Member of the National Assembly of Kuwait, posted on Twitter a statement addressed to the Minister of the Interior: “A citizen was tortured at the State Security, and there is a statement from the head of the National Human Rights Office pointing the finger at crimes of torture in police stations.

“I’m waiting for you [the Interior Minister] to act on these issues and to assume the responsibility that you have sworn to assume, that is to say to protect the freedom of the people, ”he added.

Meanwhile, Kuwaiti lawyer Imad Al-Seif said that “the reports of the torture of an officer of the Department of State Security were damaging and damaged the reputation of the services and the State ”. He called for a “serious and transparent investigation”.

Another Kuwaiti took to Twitter to denounce the incident, saying that “what happened, if it is true, violates article 31 of the constitution of Kuwait” because “the Security of the The state is supposed to protect people from danger, not intimidate them ”.

Revised and proofread by Tooba Ali and Céline Assaf

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