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KUWAIT CITY, June 18: After the issuance of the first verdict of ten-year imprisonment followed by the appellate ruling of four-year imprisonment, the Court of Cassation last week acquitted the deputy head of the Central Agency for Public Tenders and a businessman in the case of “bribery of a tender for ambulances of the Ministry of Health”. Previously, the Court of Appeals had canceled the ruling of the Court of First Instance, which sentenced the suspects to tenyear imprisonment each. The court instead ruled that they be imprisoned for four years with hard labor. It also supported the dismissal of the deputy head of CAPT from his job and return of an amount of KD 290,000.
It sentenced the businessman to four years in prison, and acquitted the third defendant of all charges leveled against him. It is worth mentioning that the Public Prosecution had received a report from the Kuwait Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha) about the involvement of bribery in a tender for the supply of ambulances to the Ministry of Health. The first suspect was accused, in his capacity as deputy head of the Central Agency for Public Tenders (CAPT), of accepting a bribe of three luxury cars worth KD 148,000 from the agency that won the tender.
Another defendant was accused of breach of one of his duties, as he agreed to the ministry’s request for direct contracting of ambulances from the company, and endorsed the deal through CAPT without the presence of the health representative to give reasons for the contract. The suspect was accused of agreeing to the ministry’s request for direct contracting, and passed the request to vote on it with the approval of the members of the agency’s board of directors without the presence of the representative of the Ministry of Health to express the reasons for the contract.
The bribe was received in the form of the vehicles which were registered under the name of the spouse of one of the defendants after performing the agreed work. Investigations revealed that the Public Prosecution listened to the statements of the Minister of Public Works and the former minister of Housing Affairs Dr. Jinan Boushahri, as a witness in the case who gave information confirming the occurrence of the incidents. By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff