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Probe into hospitality scandal to open Pandora’s box; new details

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KUWAIT CITY, Sept 29: A delegation from the Ministry of Interior is expected to arrive soon from Bosnia and Herzegovina with an unidentified Interior Ministry employee who had allegedly left the country after the scandal in the Hospitality Department of the Ministry of Interior was unearthed, reports Al-Rai daily.

The daily added, after the suspect’s name popped up during interrogations with other suspects, personnel from the ‘Interior’ left for Bosnia and Herzegovina to bring the man back and produce him before the Prosecution. The source added the ongoing investigations into the case reveal new facts on a daily basis.

The source added, the next few days are expected to open the Pandora’s box.

More suspects are expected to be interrogated and their testimonies recorded giving credibility to the case in the form of valuable documents and information.

Meanwhile, the source revealed Brigadier Adel Al-Hashash, who was the spokesman for the Ministry of Interior continues to deny the charges against him. He is said to have told interrogators more than once that it is not surprising to have about 20 million dinars in his account since he is a businessman and was in the trade for more than 10 years.

This is in addition to owning a number of companies. Al-Hashash justified the money transfers from companies which have signed contracts with the Ministry of Interior into his personal accounts.

These are business returns and should not raise any suspicion of public money embezzlement. Speaking of the arrests of other businessmen, the source said they are charged with money laundering.

Some owners and managers of hotels who are detained for interrogation are charged with issuing invoices worth up to six million dinars and more addressed to the Ministry of Interior for payment.

These bills are costs of accommodating security delegations. The source added the owners and managers of hotels in fact received only one third of this amount and this practice continued over more than a year.

The source pointed out one of the suspect detainees Hamad Al-Tuwaijri, was taken to the Farwaniya Hospital after he complained of sickness and now has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit of the same hospital after his health reportedly deteriorated.

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