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Interior Ministry cracks down on violators of residency and labor laws.

| By Ahmad Al-Mutairi (with photos) KUWAIT, June 4 (KUNA) -- The Ministry of Interior is committed to crack down hard on lawbreakers, particularly those violating residency and labor laws and regulations, a ministry official told KUNA on Tuesday.

Anyone who's been convicted of any civil, criminal or traffic case and has been listed on court documents as an offender and has not abided by a court sentence will be tracked down and be made accountable to the terms of his or her sentence, said Maj.Gen. Tariq Hamada, director of security for the capital city. This will be partly done through on the spot monitoring of major roads and thoroughfares as well as residential neighborhoods and marketplaces and anywhere were undocumented unemployed workers hang out, he said, noting that a large number of these workers have become a security risk in residential areas.

As a result of such monitoring recently within the nation's six governorates, 4072 expat lawbreakers were nabbed, he said, explaining that some of them had escaped from their places of employment, and these were mostly house servants, and others had violated their residency status, and still others had no identification documents on them at the time of being stopped for questioning. Some of the expat lawbreakers were brought in on charges of prostitution, peddling liquor and drugs and weapons, he said, while others were charged with panhandling, vending foodstuff on roadsides without a license, or working in jobs they were not licensed for, among other charges.

Maj.Gen.Hamada advised all expats to carry their personal identification with them all the time to show at traffic checkpoints or routine police checks around town. They should also carry car documentation papers with them, as well, he cautioned, stressing that anyone who flees from a police checkpoint will be arrested when tracked down eventually.

He also cautioned against imposters who pass themselves off as undercover security and use that guise to rob innocent people of their valuables. He said that the public should be aware of anyone claiming to be an undercover agent who asks for money or for people to get out their cars or threatens violence. (end) am.ajs KUNA 041751 Jun 13NNNN

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Date:Jun 4, 2013
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