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Kuwaiti court hands prison sentences to five officials for embezzlement

At least five Kuwait government officials and employees have been sentenced to prison [Getty]

Date of publication: 28 December, 2020

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Kuwait's Criminal Court has sentenced at least five government officials and employees to prison in two separate cases involving seizing public money.
At least five Kuwait government officials and employees have been sentenced to prison for seizing public funds, local media reported.

Two former ministry of health agents received seven years imprisonment and were dismissed from their jobs after a ruling by Kuwait’s Criminal Court, Al Rai reported.

Both were ordered to pay a hefty fine and were banned from occupying public office positions in future. The court also ordered a repayment of more than $29 million that was taken.

The criminal court also imprisoned an observer and employees at the ministry of endowments and Islamic affairs for ten years.

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An official, expat and citizen were involved in the second case, which ruled the immediate return of some 200,000 Kuwait dinars, or $680,000, as well as an additional fine.

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