#AceWorldNews – KUWAIT – April 11 – Kuwait has imposed a news blackout on a probe into reports of a recording in an alleged plot to overthrow the Gulf state’s ruling system, Reuters said.
A case was opened in December after a legal complaint which demanded an investigation into tweets about the alleged recording. The Attorney General ordered that the investigation be made secret and banned publishing any information on “the existence of a tape,” according to KUNA news agency.
All forms of communication were banned from discussing the case because rumours “were damaging to the country’s interests.”
Arabian Business – reported that the topic has featured extensively in local media and prompted a rare statement from the ruler’s office this week, which told people to stop discussing the case in order to preserve national unity.
A major OPEC oil producer and US ally, Kuwait has a lively press and the most open political system in the Gulf Arab region, thanks to its elected parliament. The 50-member assembly can question government ministers and block legislation, while the emir has final say in state affairs.
The Attorney General ordered that the investigation be made secret and banned publishing any information on “the existence of a tape that contains information and statements implicating some people of conspiring to overthrow the ruling system in the country and challenge the rights and authority of his highness the emir,” according to the statement carried by KUNA.
The statement, published late on Thursday, said all forms of communication were banned from discussing the case, including news outlets and social media. Such rumours were damaging to the country’s interests, it said.
It said the prosecutor would inform media about the results of the case once the investigation was over. It came one day after the statement from the emir’s office.http://www.arabianbusiness.com/kuwait-orders-blackout-in-court-case-over-plot-tape-546135.html
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#AceWorldNews says that according to Moscow and reports from Itar-tass that Russia proposes to convene an international meeting to ensure security in the Gulf, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at the third ministerial round of strategic dialogue between Russia and the Council of Cooperation for the Arab States of the Gulf here on Wednesday.
“We are prepared together with Arab partners to modernize Russian concept of ensuring security in the Gulf,” Lavrov noted. “For this purpose we propose to organize an international meeting involving member-countries of the council, Iran, five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and other parties concerned,” Lavrov said.
“It would be possible to contemplate and convene an expert meeting of representatives of academic circles and diplomats,” he added.
Russia also confirms that the country is interested in holding a conference before the end of the year on creating a zone free of nuclear weapons and other types of mass destruction weapons and their delivery vehicles, the Russian president stated.