They stand accused of money laundering and aiding and abetting the Bangladeshi lawmaker
Two Kuwaiti lawmakers have been indicted on allegations of money laundering, and aiding and abetting Lakshmipur 2 constituency lawmaker Mohammad Shahid Islam alias Papul, who is in remand on charges of human trafficking and money laundering.
A source close to the prosecution investigation told Al Qabas newspaper that the Kuwaiti public prosecutor would demand that the two lawmakers’ parliamentary immunity be lifted, so that they can be interrogated, reports Gulf News.
Maryam Al Aqeel, the minister for social affairs and minister of state for economic affairs, has ordered the suspension of a senior official in the Public Manpower Authority for three months.
This was done at the request of the public prosecution, in view of an investigation conducted against the official for his alleged involvement in human trafficking.
According to Al Qabas, the suspect is part of a three-member racket whose other members include Bangladeshi MP Papul. Papul’s wife is also an MP from a seat reserved for women.
“Investigations revealed that two members of the Kuwaiti parliament were involved in the case involving a Bangladeshi member of parliament,” the source said.
Kuwait’s public prosecution has ordered Papul and another accused to be taken into custody on charges of human trafficking and money laundering, and jailed in the central prison for 21 days.
Prosecutors also ordered the custody of a director at the Manpower Authority and an official at the Ministry of Interior be extended pending trial.
A businesswoman was released on bail for 2,000 Kuwaiti dinars, Al Rai newspaper reported.