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Kuwait opposition: Corruption pervasive
at police academy

ABU DHABI — Corruption was said have become rampant in Kuwait's police force.


Opposition parliamentarians said corruption has been detected in police facilities. They said this included the recruitment and training process.

"Corruption now pervades the police academy," opposition parliamentarian Maasouma Al Mubarak said.

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Al Mubarak and other parliamentarians have been investigating the Saad Al Abdullah Police Academy, responsible for training new recruits. The Interior Ministry has acknowledged that cadets bribed instructors and officials to enter and graduate the facility, Middle East Newsline reported.

"The security services must be cleansed from this impurity," parliamentarian Hussein Al Huraiti said.

The parliamentarians asserted that the corruption marked a national security threat. They said the bribery, graft and other improprieties were harming the sheikdom's military and security forces.

The Interior Ministry said it has introduced measures to reduce police corruption. A police official has been identified as linked to the scandal and was transferred.

"We haven't proved that corruption, nepotism have been ongoing for a long time in the state's official institutions," a pro-government parliamentarian, Marzouq Al Ghanim, said.

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