Interpol has succeeded in bringing to Kuwait one of the most dangerous criminals who was wanted by law for forging university certificates, reports Al-Qabas daily. The daily added, the suspect has been in business for more than 9 years and during this time he is said to have helped people who fall in what the daily called the ‘VIP’ category and some of them are still working and have been promoted to higher positions on the strength of these fake certificates.
What is surprising is all forged certificates carry original official seals from institutions and universities. The sources said 3 of the four officers got employed in the Ministry of Interior on the strength of the fake certificates while the fourth is working for the Ministry of Defence, including a Captain from the ruling family.
The sources added all the officers have been suspended from work, and two of them have been discharged after the courts issued final verdicts against them, while the others are awaiting a court verdict. If they are convicted they face dismissal from service.
The sources stated that the accused mastermind is identified only as Ayman – believed to Egyptian – and Kuwaiti courts have so far found him guilty of 10 counts. The man has been sentenced to a total of 63 years and 4 months imprisonment in addition to 21 days of pretrial detention in 3 new cases that are still under investigation.
The sources stated the investigations revealed that the accused has falsified so many certificates over the long period of time that he has explained to the investigators in detail his ‘modus operandi’. He said he came to Kuwait in 1991 and worked as a teacher of the Arabic language, and in 1999 he opted to work in the private sector, establishing several private institutes, one of the most prominent activity was to send students to study abroad, and also held training courses in government agencies. The sources say the total of certificates the accused has forged during this period is expected to reach 600, and most of his clients are VIPs.
According to the sources, the Ayman received about 12,000 dinars from ordinary clients and 20 thousand dinars from rich people and provided them with university degrees from abroad stamped and certified in their respective home countries without the need for the recipient to travel or rather visit his/ her university even once.
The sources confirmed that the astonishing fact is that the dangerous Ayman managed to obtain all the certificates through official correspondence and got them sealed with original seals, which is confusing and needs explanation.
One of the letters sent from the Kuwaiti Cultural Office in Egypt to the Kuwaiti Ministry of Higher Education in 2011 confirms that a distinguished person obtained her certificate through Ayman done in a proper manner and that the university was addressed to confirm the authenticity of the certificate.