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Games people play to bag Kuwaiti nationality – ‘Crime does not pay’

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KUWAIT CITY, July 2: Officers from the General Department for Citizenship and Passports Affairs led by “the hunter of the counterfeiters” Major General Sheikh Mazen Al-Jarrah revealed a new incident related to falsification of citizenship. A Kuwaiti woman managed to obtain two Kuwaiti citizenships under her real name and fake name through her Kuwaiti husband and his father who died after playing an important role in the whole situation, reports Al-Rai daily.

According to the case details, Assistant Undersecretary for Citizenship and Passport Affairs Major General Sheikh Mazen Al-Jarrah passed confidential information to the Department of Citizenship Investigations about a Kuwaiti man and his son who manipulated the citizenship file more than ten years ago.

The father had added his expatriate daughter-in-law in his citizenship file as his daughter using false data, through which she obtained a Kuwaiti civil ID and passport as born in 1983. His son married her and through this marriage, she obtained Kuwaiti citizenship under her real name.

They reached agreements with some men to marry the woman in order to take advantage of marriage loans and housing applications. After divorcing these men, they received financial support offered by Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor to divorced women as well as labor subsidy. After months of research and investigations, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid Al- Jarrah and Undersecretary of the ministry Major General Essam Al-Naham were informed about the findings.

The minister ordered Major General Sheikh Mazen Al-Jarrah to arrest the perpetrators. Immediately, Major General Al- Jarrah issued directives in this regard to the Department of Citizenship Affairs. A team of detectives were formed. They obtained a warrant from the Public Prosecution to raid the first suspect’s house.

They discovered that the first suspect (father) had died few months ago. The son and his wife were arrested, and official documents proving the existence of the two names of the wife were confiscated. Security sources said the son (the second suspect) confessed to assisting his father in committing the fraud. He explained that his father had registered an expatriate woman as his daughter under a fake name. With her real name, she had registered in government agencies as his wife. He revealed that he had identification documents and a marriage certificate that confirm she is his wife, as well as forged papers including a birth certificate that show she is his sister.

The Department of Citizenship Investigations referred the documents to the General Department of Criminal Evidences, and the arrested couple was referred to the concerned authorities for necessary legal action.

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