More MPs summoned in Kuwait money probe

December 16, 2011

Kuwait’s public prosecutor is expected to summon on Thursday the last three former lawmakers suspected of receiving illegal funds.

Ten former MPs had been summoned over two days as investigators sought to establish the truth about the source of the huge amounts of money deposited in the bank accounts of 13 former MPs.

According to Al Aan news portal, two women, the wives of former lawmakers, would also be investigated for reportedly illegal deposits.

Funds ‘to influence voting’

The opposition has maintained that the funds were given to the ex-MPs to influence their voting on crucial issues in the parliament and possibly on grilling motions.

The financial scandal, first reported by a local daily, was used by the opposition to exert greater pressure in the parliament and outside on the government of Prime Minister Shaikh Nasser Al Mohammad to step down, arguing that it had mishandled the whole issue.

Around $300 million could have been offered illegally to former lawmakers to win their votes, the opposition said on the financial scandal that rocked the country.


However, the 10 men summoned by the public prosecution said that they were innocent and attributed their personal fortunes to business deals or professional income.

All were allowed to go home on paying KD 5,000 bails.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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