KUWAIT CITY, Jan 16:In a ruling that involved the biggest fine in the history of Kuwaiti judiciary, the Criminal Court has sentenced a director from Jahra Municipality (a fugitive) and a Syrian expatriate to 7 years imprisonment with hard labor and fine of KD 740 million, and jointly ordered the duo to return a sum of KD 370 million; hence, the total sum to be paid is a billion and 110 million dinars.
Case files indicated that auditors at the municipality discovered a racket involved in the licensing of several pockets of land in Sebiyya and Salmi areas where a company was fraudulently issued license to use the land for quarry purposes.
The fugitive (director) was accused of tampering with the licensing system of the municipality where he issued licenses to concerned companies and later went ahead to cancel them in a manner that did not appear as ‘cancelled’ to auditors and inspectors.
The pockets of land in question involved about 400 thousand square meters area divided into four plots, and another 500 thousand square meters area. Those sites were operational for about two years and the looting of sand and quarry (stones) that took place within the period is estimated at millions of dinars.
By Jaber Al-Hamoud