Official: Kuwaiti Environment Court to Start in October
A Kuwaiti court with expansive powers is due to start hearing cases against destruction and damage to the emirate's environment in October, director general of the Environment Public Authority (EPA) said Sunday.
The court, the first of its kind in Kuwait, is aimed at stopping damage and aggression against the local environment, Mohammad al-Sarawi said, quoted by the KUNA news agency.
"The court will confront offenders of the Kuwaiti environment's legislation in a decisive way," Sarawi said.
A special legislation for protecting the Gulf state ecology, passed by parliament several months ago, stipulates stiff penalties, including jail terms, against offenders damaging marine and desert life.
The court will hear cases involving oil spills, industrial pollution and violations along the 200-km (125-mile) long coastline.
The Kuwaiti environment suffered extensive damage during the Iraqi invasion of 1990 and the subsequent liberation seven months later.
Kuwait has submitted compensation claims worth billions of dollars for environment damage caused by the Iraqi occupation to the UN Compensation Commission (UNCC).
The compensation claims include damage to public health, water resources, the desert environment, marine and coastal areas and oil reserves, as well as the bill for research - KUWAIT CITY (AFP)
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