A Kuwait court had on Thursday rejected Bangladesh MP Shahid Islam Papul’s plea for release after the hearing of a case in which him along with Kuwaiti lawmakers are accused of human trafficking, money laundering, bribing and threatening the state security.
Kuwait’s Criminal Court headed by Counselor Abdullah Al-Othman had also postponed the trial of the accused in the case until October 1, a Kuwait-based Arabic newspaper Al Qabas, reported.
The court further detained three other Bangladeshi nationals, managers of Papul’s company, found accused in the case, who were previously released from the prosecution.
Kuwaiti MPs Saadoun Hammad, Salah Khorshid, along with Shahid Islam, who were accused of taking bribes to facilitate Papul’s businesses in Kuwait, were not present during the hearing yesterday.
However, MP Papul had denied his link with these two Kuwaiti MPs in the court.
The hearing began at Kuwait time 3:18pm (Bangladesh time 6:18pm). The case has been much talked about in the Arab world as well as in Bangladesh, a Bangladeshi national who works in Kuwait as a freelancer for a Bangladeshi satellite TV channel, told The Daily Star.
A total of 13 people were accused in the case but four were later exempted during the investigation.
Major General Mazen Sheikh Mazem Al Jarrah, assistant under-secretary of the interior ministry in Kuwait, is also among the accused.
Kuwait’s Criminal Investigation Department arrested MP Shahid Islam, also the managing director and CEO of Marafie Kuwaitia Group, over accusations of charging each foreign worker, mostly from Bangladesh, up to 3,000 dinars in exchange for taking them to Kuwait.
Many of the workers alleged that they were not provided the jobs and wages as promised.
Papul has since confessed of bribing Kuwaiti officials millions of dollars for recruiting Bangladeshi workers and getting contracts for his company.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) opened an inquiry into the allegation that Shahid amassed take 1,400 crore by trafficking people to Kuwait and laundered the money to different countries.