Diplomatic immunity bar Bangladeshi envoy’s arrest: Kuwaiti CS leader

Staff Correspondent | Published: 09:50, Jul 13,2020 | Updated: 13:40, Jul 13,2020


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Bangladesh ambassador in Kuwait Abul Kalam could have been arrested if he was not enjoying diplomatic immunity, Kuwait Transparency Society chairperson Majid Al Mutairi said on Sunday with reference to the arrest of Bangladesh MP Mohammad Shahid Islam on charges of human trafficking and money laundering.

Majid, however, did not elaborate the statement while speaking in an online seminar jointly organised by Transparency International Bangladesh.

TIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman said that involvement of lawmakers in crimes was not a unique case in Bangladesh and Kuwait as business interest groups were much involved in politics.

More than 62 per cent members in the Bangladesh Parliament are businessmen compared to the first parliament after the independence in 1971 when only 17 per cent of the MPs were businessmen, he said.

Kuwait authorities arrested Shahid Islam on June 7 and brought charges against him on visa trading, bribing Kuwait officials, and money laundering.

Inter-Parliamentary Union president Saber Hossain Chowdhury stressed the need for inter-country sharing of information on corruption, and steps and experience on containing corruption and money laundering.    

Transparency International chair Delia Ferreira Rubio, former member of Kuwait National Assembly Hassan Johar, and Kuwait University law professor Dalal AI Saif also participated in the discussion.

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