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Probe targets 115 firms set up under forged documents to obtain land allocation

KUWAIT CITY, June 25: The committee for protecting public funds took its report to the National Assembly on investigation of the file of agricultural holdings by secrecy with majority vote of members of the committee, reports Al-Qabas daily.

Informed sources disclosed that the investigation targeted 115 fake companies established under forged documents to obtain land allocation from the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) but the committee was unable to obtain sufficient information on those companies.

They said the committee found that decisions of the Farmlands Committee issued in 2014 concerning the allocation of five pieces of farmlands to one person who was suspected to have established 115 companies – of which 60 companies were sold and 55 remained registered – were not valid.

The commission was able to identify 16 companies that were suspected of manipulating the establishment, licensing and possession through the introduction of other partners or first and second degree relatives in the Ministry of Commerce or PAAAFR.

They pointed out that one of the companies acquired possession after issuance of its license in five days, and another two days after issuance of the license.

They indicated that some companies were granted holding of farmlands before establishment and obtained a license about a month later. Sources explained that the committee had asked the agriculture authority to provide the allocation of 16 possession records that was rigged but the authority provided the committee 13 records and refrained from providing the remaining three.

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