Kuwait prosecution summons former MPs

December 14, 2011

Kuwait has started the long process of quizzing 15 former lawmakers over the source of millions of dinars deposited in their bank accounts.

Hussain Al Hariti and Mokhlid Al Azimi were the first ex-MPs to be questioned on Monday night by the public prosecutor before they were released on bail of 5,000 dinars each ($18,000).

Al Haraiti said that he explained that the money in his bank account was from his work as a lawyer and that he presented contracts proving the source.

The other former lawmakers will be questioned within the next few days, Kuwaiti media said.

The wives of two ex-MPs are also expected to be summoned by the public prosecution to explain the unusually suspicious swelling of their accounts.

The financial scandal caused a political tsunami in Kuwait and was used by the opposition to pile up pressure on the former premier, Shaikh Nasser Al Mohammad, to step down.




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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
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  • Bahrain Tribune
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  • Bahrain Television News
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  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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