Health Min­istry sues lawyer over false ‘fake doc­tor’ claim

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By A Saleh

The Min­istry of Health (MOH) has lodged a com­plaint with the pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor against a lawyer who it ac­cuses of mak­ing up a false claim that an un­qual­i­fied per­son has im­per­son­ated a Kuwaiti doc­tor work­ing at a lo­cal med­i­cal fa­cil­ity.

Ear­lier yes­ter­day, MOH warned of ‘le­gal ram­i­fi­ca­tions’ over er­ro­neous in­for­ma­tion on so­cial me­dia which claimed a Bangladeshi na­tional’s im­per­son­ation of a Kuwaiti physi­cian. “The in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by a lawyer on so­cial me­dia has no ba­sis in fact,” read a state­ment by the min­istry, as it urged cit­i­zens and res­i­dents not to pay heed to false state­ments. Kuwaiti au­thor­i­ties con­tinue to vig­or­ously in­ves­ti­gate a case of a Bangladeshi man pos­ing as a doc­tor and charg­ing pa­tients for phony pro­ce­dures, it added.

On Sun­day, the In­te­rior Min­istry de­nied that the lawyer came for­ward with ev­i­dence to prove that the man in ques­tion had im­per­son­ated a Kuwaiti doc­tor who had left Kuwait nearly thirty years ago. A lawyer had posted on­line that he gave po­lice the Bangladeshi man’s ID and orig­i­nal pass­port, in ad­di­tion to the forged Kuwaiti pass­port that al­legedly be­longed to a Kuwaiti man who used to work for the Health Min­istry and also served as his spon­sor. The In­te­rior Min­istry said in a state­ment that those claims are not true, and that po­lice had in­stead called the lawyer who failed to pro­vide any con­crete ev­i­dence to sup­port his claims.

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