KUWAIT CITY, June 9: The Court of Appeals adjourned until June 23, 2019 the hearing on the lawsuit of KGL Company involving Russian Marsha Lazriva, Kuwaiti Saeed Dashti and several others to gather more information and summon the witness in exile. Lazriva and Dashti were brought from the Central Jail to attend the session with their attorney.
They asked the court to address the Sentence Enforcement Department for them to post bail, stressing the latter cannot receive bail since it was previously paid to the First Instance Court. They also urged the court to reduce the amount of bail so they can afford it.
Previously, the Court of Appeals overturned the verdict of the First Instance Court and decided to release Lazriva and Dashti on bail of KD20 million each, in addition to fining Ahmed Naseeb KD7 million, Musa Bahman KD1 million and Jassem Al-Majed KD12 million as well as imposing travel ban on them. The court then reduced the bail to KD10 million for Dashti and KD1 million for Lazriva. The Criminal Court had earlier sentenced Abdullah Al-Shamali and Muhammad Ahmed Mutawe’e to 15 years in prison, and obligated them to refund KD17 million and pay fine twice this amount – KD 35 million.
It sentenced Dashti to 15 years in prison and Larziva to 10 years in prison, as well as obligated them to refund KD11 million and fined them twice the amount (KD22 million). Ahmed Naseeb was sentenced to 10 years in prison and was required to refund KD2 million in addition to fine equivalent to twice this amount (KD4 million).
Musa Bahman was sentenced to seven years in prison, was required to refund KD67,200 and fined twice this amount. Jassem Al-Majed was sentenced to 10 years in prison, was obligated to refund KD4 million and pay fine of KD8 million.
The court also ordered the dismissal of Muhammad Al-Shamali and Muhammad Al-Mutawe’e from their official positions. The court convicted the following of stealing public money: Board Chairman of KGL Investment Company Saeed Dashti, his Russian deputy Marsha Larziva and Abdullah Al-Shamali. All of them denied the charges.
They were sent to the Central Jail as per the charges mentioned in lawsuit number 1942/ 2015. The lawsuit started when former Minister of Communication and Board Chairman of Kuwait Ports Authority Essa Al-Kandari filed a complaint to the Public Prosecution on Oct 21, 2015 due to expenditures amounting to KD21 million taken from the revenues deposited in a bank.
By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff abd Agencies