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16-year-olds trialed as adults from Jan 1

KUWAIT: Teenagers as young as 16 years of age will be tried as adults in criminal cases starting from January 1, 2016, security sources said, urging legal guardians to take extra caution and make sure that their children stay away from criminal behavior. The National Assembly had last year passed a law to reduce the legal age for criminal accountability for teenagers from 18 to 16. – Al-Rai

DNA law
KUWAIT: The Interior Ministry’s visions to amend the DNA law includes restricting the process of taking samples to public sector employees and workers in ‘dangerous and sensitive positions’ including jobs in the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Oil, National Guard and Kuwait Fire Service Directorate, as well as to prisoners and suspects, sources said. Samples will not be taken from civil employees, children or used as a requirement for Kuwaitis to obtain electronic passports, the sources added. – Al-Rai

KIPI’s board
KUWAIT: Former board member of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation was chosen as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the recently established Kuwait Integrated Petrochemical Industries (KIPI), high ranking oil sources said. The board was recently formed from “specialized technical experienced personalities in various fields,” including CEO Hashim Hashim, Petrochemical Industries Company’s CEO Mohammad Al-Farhoud, and Kuwait National Petroleum Company’s CEO Mohammad Al-Mutairi, the sources added. – Al-Rai

No violations
KUWAIT: The State Audit Bureau’s report for the 2015/2016 fiscal year did not include any violations registered against His Highness the Prime Minister’s diwan – a precedence in the bureau’s 52-year history. This is the fruits of restless efforts that came following instructions from His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah he gave to his teams to avoid committing similar violations to those included in last year’s report, sources said. – Al-Qabas

No grilling
KUWAIT: Director of Capital Emergency Team at Kuwait Municipality Tariq Al-Qattan warned candidates for the upcoming parliamentary elections from barbequing at their headquarters, saying that meals prepared previously and delivered to the location are allowed to be distributed. Workers who distribute those meals to voters must obtain medical certificates, Qattan noted. – Al-Rai

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