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Doctor linked to gambling case said fired from work ‘Convicted suspects to be referred to Central Prison’

KUWAIT CITY, March 1: Legal procedures and investigations on the ‘Salmiya Gambling Casino’ case are ongoing, which could result in the referral of the convicted suspects to the Central Prison, reports Al-Rai daily quoting informed security sources. They explained that a doctor, who is among the suspects, was fired from his work in a private hospital, adding that his brother, who is a former leader of rank Lt Colonel at the Ministry of Interior and five expatriates including an American citizen are still detained in custody while the other suspects were released. The sources revealed that the American suspect and the other four foreigners who are specialized in the field came to Kuwait to earn larger amounts than what they earned in the casinos in their countries. They indicated that a delegation from the US Embassy in Kuwait visited the American detainee, who could be referred to the Central Prison if convicted.

Stressing that such a case is the first of its kind in Kuwait, sources explained that the case will either be referred to the Public Prosecution or will be considered as a misdemeanor case. They indicated that the suspects who have been released on bail will have to appear before the investigating authorities when summoned. They revealed that the doctor and his brother, who is a former employee of Ministry of Interior of rank Lt Colonel, insisted during interrogations that they are innocent of all charges based on the grounds that they were gambling privately inside the apartment and not in a public place, and that the securitymen barged into their apartment by force.

However, the sources denied the allegations of the two brothers, stressing that the officers from Ministry of Interior stormed the apartment after carrying out necessary investigations and obtaining a warrant from the Public Prosecution.

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