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Kuwaiti gets 7 yrs jail for human trafficking – Pakistani, Bangladeshi involved

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 26: The Court of Appeals presided over by Judge Nasr Salem Al-Heid sentenced a Kuwaiti citizen to seven-year imprisonment with hard labor for human trafficking, and canceled a similar penalty issued against a Pakistani man.

The court refrained from pronouncing penalty against the third defendant – a Bangladeshi – and suspended hearing in his case, until he is charged for judgment in absentia.

According to the case file, the Public Prosecution alleged that the citizen who is convicted owned a company where the two other suspects, the Pakistani and Bangladeshi, worked. They allegedly got involved in organized human trafficking with cheating and fraud, and deceived plaintiffs with fake lucrative job opportunities.

Upon arrival in Kuwait, the victims were offered different types of jobs with low salaries. They were threatened and intimidated with deportation. The suspects forged banking transactions of the victims and held them incommunicado.

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