Kuwait suspends army general for taking bribe from MP Shahid

Diplomatic Correspondent | Published: 19:37, Jun 30,2020 | Updated: 00:44, Jul 01,2020


Suspended Major General Mazen A-Jarrah,

The Kuwait government has suspended Major General Mazen Al-Karrah, a senior official at the interior ministry, on allegations of receiving bribes from and making a questionable financial transaction with Bangladesh MP Mohammad Shahid Islam.    

Kuwait deputy prime minister Anas Al-Saleh, also the interior minister of the country, issued a decree suspending Mazen, an assistant undersecretary of the ministry, according to Arab Times.

Shahid Islam, who was arrested on June 7, is now  in Kuwait jail as the Kuwait authorities have launched extensive investigations on allegations of human trafficking, money laundering and fraud related to the employment of workers in his company, violating the residency laws and bribery.

The Kuwait government has referred about a dozen of such cases to the public prosecution, according to another newspaper Kuwait Times.

Interior minister Anas said the government’s efforts to eradicate visa trading would continue with amending laws for toughening penalties against those working in this illegal trade.  

Shahid Islam reportedly confessed to the interrogators that he provided with huge sums of money and gifts to several Kuwaiti officials in exchange for some of the work they do, such as using their companies to bring in labour.

He, however, denied all charges brought against him except for ‘involvement in bribe’ in millions of Kuwaiti dinars. 

He claimed he has employed 9,000 cleaners under 34 contracts with the Kuwaiti government and did not violate the law.

The Kuwait authorities arrested him after investigations revealed that he brought into thousands of workers from Bangladesh and took huge sums of money from them as ‘service charges’.  

The Kuwait prosecution believes the Bangladesh MP runs three other companies. 

In Bangladesh, the law enforcing agencies have arrested at least 60 sub-agents and middle-men recently for their alleged involvement in human trafficking.

The Anti-Corruption Commission has imposed a ban on foreign travel by Shahid Islam, an independent lawmaker, now detained in Kuwait, his wife Selina Islam, also a lawmaker, their daughter Kazi Wafa Islam and Selina’s sister Jesmin Akter.

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