‘Accounts of relatives to be investigated’
KUWAIT CITY, Aug 6: The Public Prosecution Office has received new reports of money laundering and sudden rise in the bank balance of the accounts of some of the most prominent people, including an artiste and the female media personality, reports Al- Qabas daily. Reliable sources told the daily, there are other names which are included in the report which were already on the table of the Public Prosecutor.
The Public Prosecution Office had earlier opened the files of celebrities and issued a decision to freeze the assets of 10 of them and had slapped a travel ban to prevent them from leaving the country.
Meanwhile, an informed source told the daily, information has reached the Public Prosecution Office that some of the wellknown defendants, before the freezing of their assets, had transferred huge sums of money — believed to be hundreds of thousands — into the account of their relatives but the investigation authorities are determined to quiz the relatives about every dinar that has been deposited into their accounts and is not satisfied with only freezing their bank accounts.
The source continued saying, it is unreasonable to have 200,000 dinars in the account of a suspect that has been frozen, while the person is not asked about the money transfers over the past few days that was monitored by the investigations unit, and accordingly a money laundering charge was slapped against the person.
In the meantime, a security source said the name of one of the Fashionistas, who was able to withdraw 40,000 Kuwaiti dinars in cash from a local bank, is identified as M.R., a.k.a. ‘Marmar’ in media circles.
The Public Prosecutor has issued a decision to freeze her bank accounts and slapped a travel ban against her but she exploited a security loophole and withdrew the money – the security authorities had allegedly made a mistake in her civil ID number when information was sent to freeze her accounts in banks. The security authorities intervened after the mistake was discovered and asked her to return the amount immediately, threatening her with legal action. She returned the money the next day.