Arab Times

Court ac­quits Kuwaiti cit­i­zen, his wife in real es­tate fraud

- By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyas­sah Staff and Corruption · Crime · White-collar Crime · Fraud · Kuwait City

Agen­cies KUWAIT CITY, Sept 12: The Mis­de­meanor Court ac­quit­ted a Kuwaiti cit­i­zen and his wife who were ac­cused of real es­tate fraud af­ter they de­cided to sell the house, which was given to them by the gov­ern­ment, to a Kuwaiti woman un­der the con­di­tion that the sell­ing pro­cess will be com­plete af­ter the ti­tle deed is is­sued.

Ac­cord­ing to the case file, the cou­ple re­ceived the ti­tle deed un­der their names, and then the hus­band de­cided to sell the house to his wife, con­trary to the ini­tial agree­ment made by the plain­tiff (the ini­tial buyer), in ad­di­tion to ac­cus­ing the wife of con­spir­ing to com­mit crime.

Rep­re­sent­ing the two de­fen­dants was Lawyer Enaam Hay­dar who said the wife was not part of the deal and that the only time her name ap­peared was dur­ing the is­suance of the ti­tle deed.

She high­lighted that the sale of the real es­tate was un­der the con­di­tion that the house be­longs to the cou­ple.

Poll can­di­date held:

The Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tion has de­tained one of the can­di­dates of the up­com­ing gen­eral elec­tions as well as six women for in­ves­ti­ga­tions on charges of vote- buy­ing in the Fourth Con­stituency.

Dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tions, the six women denied hav­ing bought votes in fa­vor of the par­lia­men­tary aspi­rant, who also denied hav­ing re­quested the six women to buy votes from vot­ers in his con­stituency.

To jus­tify their pres­ence in the house where they were ar­rested, in­formed sources ex­plained that the six women claimed they were car­ry­ing out cus­tom­ary visi­ta­tion, and had fam­ily ties with the host.

The sources ex­plained that de­tec­tives had raided one of the houses in Far­waniya area af­ter re­ceiv­ing in­for­ma­tion that it was be­ing used for vote-buy­ing op­er­a­tions.

Case shelved:

The Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tion has shelved the money laun­der­ing case which was filed against a cur­rent par­lia­men­tar­ian, re­ports Al-Rai daily.

The sources said the MP was re­ferred to the Pros­e­cu­tion af­ter the se­cu­rity dis­cov­ered a sud­den ‘bulge’ in his bank bal­ance.

Sources said the au­thor­i­ties could not prove that he is in­volved in money laun­der­ing ac­tiv­ity. More­over, the bank bal­ance of the MP al­legedly did not ne­ces­si­tate in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Four un­der probe:

The Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tion of­fice is look­ing into the cases of four peo­ple (two Kuwaitis and two Iraqis) in con­nec­tion with the real es­tate fraud and money laun­der­ing, re­ports AlQabas daily quot­ing re­li­able sources.

The Pros­e­cu­tion af­firmed in its in­dict­ment that the four sus­pects (fugi­tives) are wanted by law for com­mit­ting crimes to the tune of 340 mil­lion di­nars through their sub­sidiary com­pany which is found guilty by a court for fic­ti­tiously de­fraud­ing Kuwaitis.

The source con­firmed some celebri­ties, who are cur­rently re­ferred to the pros­e­cu­tion, co­op­er­ated with the mas­ter­mind of the com­pany, an Iraqi, to mar­ket the com­pany and its prod­ucts.

The source con­firmed the Pros­e­cu­tion is in the pro­cess of track­ing these sus­pi­cious funds, and the ex­tent to which some celebri­ties have ben­e­fited from them.

On the other hand, in­formed sources said six celebri­ties have so far filed com­plaints against the Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tion. They say the de­ci­sion by the Pros­e­cu­tion to freeze their as­sets has harmed them and their fam­i­lies be­cause they can­not spend for the needs of their fam­i­lies.

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Enaam Haidar

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