Kuwaiti authorities raid computer complex

Published April 29th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

One of Kuwait's biggest resellers of computer products, equipment and software was raided earlier this week in an action that combined Ministry of Information officials with police and fire authorities. Seven sites, all owned by the same company, were raided in the action, according to a BSA (Business Software Alliance) press release. 


The joint raid took place in two flats being used as duplication and distribution centers, and five retail outlets in a large complex in Kuwait's Hawalli computer area, as well as an office in the area. Over 35,000 CD's containing counterfeit software were seized in the raids, as well as catalogues and personal computers loaded with unlicensed software. 


"The law is clear in Kuwait, the determination of the Kuwaiti authorities is just as clear," said Jawad Al-Redha, regional director of the BSA.  


The five entrances to the shopping mall concerned were covered by police officers. In the course of the raids, four of the company’s employees attempted to escape by jumping from first floor windows, but were apprehended. 


“Kuwait has embarked on a road to the growth of its technology market by assuring the protection of developers' intellectual property rights. This, in turn, increases foreign investment in the technology sector and builds opportunities and incentives for local entrepreneurs," said Al-Redha. — (Albawaba-MEBG)

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