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MP Papul denied bail again in Kuwait

28 Nov 2020 10:36, Somoy English Desk
MP Papul denied bail again in Kuwait
MP Papul denied bail again in Kuwait

A Kuwait court has denied bail to Bangladeshi MP Shahid Islam Papul in a case involving human trafficking and money laundering.

Rejecting the bail Papul’s bail pleas, the court on Thursday fixed January 28 next for the full hearing in the case.

With this, Papul was denied bail for 12 times.

The Bangladeshi MP was produced before the Kuwaiti court headed by Counsellor Abdullah Al-Othman when his lawyers sought his bail.

However, the judge refused to grant him bail and set January 28 for the full hearing.

The Bangladeshi MP was arrested in Kuwait on June 6 last over human trafficking, money laundering, visa trading and bribery charges.

Kuwaiti authorities froze his bank accounts and companies to ensure that the money is not moved around beyond the jurisdiction of Kuwaiti courts.

The MP is the managing director and CEO of Marafie Kuwaitia Group, a security and labour contracting company. In addition, he has three other companies in Kuwait, all of which are cleaning and contracting companies.

He has an annual net profit of around two million Kuwaiti dinars after all the bribes and money he spent on gifts in exchange for facilitating transactions and paperwork to bring in workers from Bangladesh. 

There are 350,000 Bangladeshis residing in Kuwait, according to the Embassy of Bangladesh.

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