Court Case Filed To Challenge The Constitutionality Of DNA Testing
The Constitutional Court has set March 8 for a case filed to challenge the constitutionality of DNA testing, which was approved by the National Assembly.
The petitioners based their argument on contradiction to provisions of Articles 2, 9, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 50 and 79 of the constitution, indicating the law completely prohibits the collection of gene or fingerprint samples except for well stated and specific conditions. The petitioner criticized the government for using a general statement like public interest and identifying unknown corpses as a reason for enacting the law, which he described as surprising. The panel rejected the case concerning documentation of marriage contract at the Ministry of Justice, as it does not contradict the constitution.
This is in addition to a petition against Article 1 of arms collection law that enables the government to carry out search on people. It also declined to entertain a petition submitted by Saleh Al-Falah against the Capital Market Authority regarding his dismissal from the board before completing his term. The Constitutional Court dismissed the lawsuit a woman filed against Fahad Al-Duweila and the Undersecretary of Ministry of Justice, imploring the court to confirm her marriage to the defendant contrary to a previous case filed by Al-Duweila in that regard. She said a marriage agreement happened between the two of them on Feb 2, 2016 — although undocumented — and she wanted to make it official.