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KUWAIT CITY, Jan 16: The Court of Cassation Sunday sentenced a former undersecretary, a businessman and two individuals to seven-year imprisonment and fined them USD 6 million for selling endowment land in Azerbaijan that was intended for the establishment of an Islamic institution, reports Al-Rai daily. The court convicted the four defendants of bribery and facilitating the appropriation of public funds from the funds of the International Charitable Organization.
It obligated all the defendants to return two million dollars and fined them four million dollars. The first and second defendants were ordered to return an amount of KD 70,000 and they were fined KD 140,000. The second defendant was obliged to return KD 10,000 and was fined KD 20,000.
The first and fourth defendants were fined KD 57,450. The court also ordered the deportation of the second defendant after completing the sentence. The Public Prosecution had charged the first and second defendants, in the capacity of the first defendant being a high-level public employee, undersecretary of the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, and a member of the Board of Directors of Asia Muslims of the International Islamic Charitable Organization, and in the capacity of the second defendant being a public employee, and the director of the organization’s office in the Republic of Azerbaijan, of facilitating for the third and fourth defendants the unlawful seizure of USD 6 million, which is the value of the difference in the real price of the real estate land shown in the papers in the capital of Azerbaijan, and the price at which it was sold to Kuwait.