Kuwait’s MP accused of role in Iran nuke program Expat woman sues firm, refuses ‘hush’-money

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 26: More details have emerged in the money-laundering case in which an unidentified Kuwaiti MP from First Constituency is said to be involved, reports Al-Jarida daily. The MP is accused of supporting Iran’s nuclear program through money-laundering operations.

Sources say a Kuwaiti company in which the MP has business interests has ties with a group of companies, one of which was founded in Iran and whose accounts and assets were frozen by the US Treasury Department.

In an official letter addressed to the US Department of Defense, the US Senate warned against dealing with the Kuwaiti company which has logistics contracts with the ministry. US Senator Mark Kirk, in his letter to former defense secretary Robert Gates issued on May 26, 2011, said: ‘According to information and evidence we have, the Kuwaiti company, which recently won a contract for defense logistics of US Army, has a history of suspicious transactions with the Iranian government and private sector institutions. The company is said to have operated at the designated ports used in the Iranian nuclear program and for ships controlled and specified by the government of the United States. Moreover, there is evidence to the effect that the Kuwaiti company is participating in the joint venture to help Iran evade sanctions and acquire weapons of mass destruction.”

An Egyptian woman who works in the Kuwaiti company had earlier filed a case with the Public Prosecution over large-scale financial violations taking place at the company. She said a number of US citizens, who were earlier working in the company and had left for their home country after the expiry of their contracts, had contacted her and told her that the company supports Iranian nuclear program through money laundering operations. They reportedly provided her with information about dealings with companies and individuals internationally boycotted for their support to Iran’s nuclear program and weapons of mass destruction program.

She said the ex-employees told that the Kuwaiti company had transactions with Iranian executive members involved in the above-mentioned activities. They were reportedly convicted by a New York court and the public prosecutor in Manhattan for their involvement in money-laundering operations and for using false names and different passports.

In her complaint, the expatriate woman said the vice president of the Kuwaiti company, on learning that she received the information, requested her not to disclose these secrets and offered her money to leave the country permanently. But she said she refused the offer and filed the complaint because she realized the importance and seriousness of the above information and its impact on the external and internal security of Kuwait.

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Kuwait’s MP Accused Of Role In Iran Nuke ProgramBill Bowers | 11/27/2011 2:46:28 PM If this persons and these companies violate the UN and U.S. Sanctions which if they are found to be supporting Iran and its Nuclear ambitions they need to be turned over to the International courts for criminal charges.
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