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Call for severe punishment

Prosecution unhappy with 4-yrs jail in Bangladeshi MP case

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 9: The Public Prosecution has appealed to the judiciary for the most severest punishment for all convicts in the case of the Bangladeshi resident, who is also known as ‘Pablo’ and is a Member of Parliament in Bangladesh and allegedly owns a cleaning company in partnership with a Kuwaiti, reports Al-Qabas daily. An informed source told the daily there is another case the Public Prosecution Office is still investigating said to be linked to the same case, and other accusations have been classified as of ‘state security’ nature.

The Criminal Court had earlier sent each convict — the Bangladeshi MP and the former undersecretary at the Ministry of Interior Sheikh Mazen Al-Jarrah, the director of the Public Authority for Manpower, Hassan Al-Khader, and the former candidate in the Fourth Circuit, Nawaf Al-Mutairi for four years in prison with hard labor.

The court had also imposed monetary fine on Pablo and Al-Jarrah 1.97 million dinars each, while Al-Khader was fined 180,000 dinars. The court had also acquitted MP Saadoun Hammad and former MP Salah Khorshid citing lack of evidence.

Meanwhile, after working on it for more than 150 days, Al-Qabas daily has learned from informed sources that the Experts Department of the Ministry of Justice has submitted its report, which the Public Prosecution had requested, on cases involving well-known people who stand accused in money-laundering cases, reports Al-Qabas daily.

According to reliable sources close to the issue, the so-called ‘celebrity case’ has come a long way and is in the final stages after the Public Prosecution received the reports from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the Experts Department and the State Security Agency.

The sources confirmed the investigations and reports are handed over to the Prosecution office. The sources concluded that some files are ready, and others have not been finally resolved by the Public Prosecution, which is likely to summon for interrogation a number of suspects during the next few days to record their statements.

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