Real estate firm director detained in money-laundering

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KUWAIT CITY, Oct 19: The Public Prosecution has ordered the detention of the Director of real estate company who is charged with money laundering, reports Al-Jarida daily.

The security sources said the suspect, a Sudanese executive chairman of the company was arrested by the Emirati Interpol and extradited to Kuwait upon request of its Kuwaiti counterpart. Police said another Jordanian who is in custody of the Emirati police is being investigated and interrogated. In a related story, the daily learned former MPs from the 3rd constituency have benefitted from the money laundering activities of this company.

It has also been reported two of these former MPs had exerted pressure on the Ministry of Commerce a few months ago to withdraw the complaint.

Meanwhile, the Real Estate Department of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry has received more than 135 complaints of fraud and swindling operations filed by Kuwaitis against real estate companies in Egypt, Turkey and other GCC, reports Al-Shahed daily. According to the complaints, these companies have marketed real estate abroad including houses, apartments and agricultural lands without any legal bond.

Identity misused: Acting Assistant Undersecretary for Criminal Security Affairs at the Interior Ministry Major- General Shihab Al-Shimmari has ordered to refer three people — two Kuwaiti women and a bedoun — to the Public Prosecution for buying cell phones in the names of Kuwaitis and selling them to the inmates of the Central Prison, reports Al-Anba daily. This happened when an unidentified Kuwaiti woman filed a case of forgery at the Khaitan Police Station stating she was shocked to find two cell phones registered in her name and that a mobile telecommunications company was demanding payment. Police investigations showed that a bedoun man and two Kuwaiti women are involved in the scam. After their arrest, she has reportedly admitted to the charge

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