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Kuwait Army general suspended for taking bribes from Bangladesh MP

Published on: 8:47 pm - Tuesday | June 30, 2020


Kuwait has suspended Major General Mazen Al-Jarrah, Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior, for allegedly receiving bribes from arrested Bangladeshi parliamentarian Shahid Islam.

Anas Al-Saleh, deputy prime minister and interior minister, issued a decree in this regard on Tuesday, suspendi g Major General Mazen Al-Jarrah, reports The Arab Times.

The decision comes after investigation into a case of Bangladeshi parliamentarian Shahid Islam Paplu revealed that the Kuwaiti general was involved in suspected financial transactions and receiving bribes, The Arab Times says.

Kuwait’s daily The Times reports that the Bangladeshi lawmaker and businessman Mohammad Shahid Islam Paplu is under investigation for money laundering, human trafficking, visa trading and bribery. He was sentenced to be detained for a period of 21 days in the central prison last week.

He is a sitting Member of Bangladesh Parliament and runs four companies in Kuwait providing cleaning services, with 9,000 cleaning workers under his employ.

Shahid Islam was arrested by the Kuwait authorities on June 7 on charges of human trafficking and bribing senior Kuwaiti officials.

The Kuwaiti authorities launched an investigations after getting information that Shahid brought in thousands of workers from Bangladesh and took huge sums of money from them as ‘service charges’