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More suspects expected to be caught as crackdown on money-launderers goes on

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KUWAIT CITY, Aug 13: With the continued efforts of security and judicial agencies and their marathon investigations into cases of money-laundering and corruption, a reliable source told the Al-Qabas daily clues are aplenty that with time many more suspects will be caught in the ‘spider’s web’ prepared by the security authorities.

The daily went on to say the Public Prosecution is in the process of issuing new arrest warrants and others will be summoned for interrogation. The source said the recent developments in money-laundering cases point a finger of suspicion at another Bangladeshi – suspect in the moneylaundering case of the Bneidar chalets – in which the Iranian Fuad Salehi and 4 other suspects are involved.

The source added this case is spreading its tentacles and up to now the names of 4 officers working for the Ministry of Interior are being investigated to know if they are involved in the scam or happen to be ‘just friends’ of the prime Iranian suspect. Nonetheless, the security authorities are looking at the phone conversations and the money transferred into the banks accounts of these security personnel.

The details are being awaited. Also, the Sentences Renewal Judge yesterday refused to release the five defendants – two Kuwaitis, a bedoun and a Lebanese and the main Iranian accused, Fuad Salehi – and renewed their detention for another two weeks.

Meanwhile, while the Central Agency for Public Tenders (CAPT) continues to cancel government contracts which were awarded to the companies in which the Bangladeshi resident, who is also known as ‘Pablo’ and is a Member of Parliament in Bangladesh in partner with a Kuwaiti. Pablo is currently held at the Central Prison in connection with money laundering, bribes, human trafficking and visa trading offenses.

Informed sources said it is surprising that one of the companies in which Pablo is a partner is still ‘doing business’ in one of the government agencies in the Jahra Governorate. The sources said it has been discovered that Pablo’s company is a subcontractor in one of the contracts obtained from CAPT. The sources questioned the extent of the legality of this company despite the suspension of the company’s file by the Public Authority for Manpower, based on investigations and criminal charges.

The sources indicated the contract winning company may over the next few days find a way to do away with the sub-contractor.

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