Kuwait detains former PM, ex-interior minister on corruption charges

Kuwait detains former PM, ex-interior minister on corruption charges
The former PM and interior minister of Kuwait are reportedly being detained as part of a corruption case concerning the use of hundreds of millions of dollars.
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14 April, 2021
The allegations in the case relate to hundreds of millions of dollars [AFP/Getty]
Former prime minister of Kuwait, Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, was ordered detained pending inquiries as part of a corruption case on Tuesday, according to Kuwaiti media reports.

The court-imposed decision came alongside the detention of Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah, an ex-interior minister, and two figures from the armed forces.

The charges relate to a case originating in November 2018, when ex-defence minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Sabah formally alleged there had been abuses of public money in relation to the nation’s Army Fund totalling more than 240 million dinar ($768 million).

The offences purportedly occurred while Sheikh Nasser was defence minister from 2001 to 2011.

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Established in the 1950s, the Army Fund was intended to support Kuwait’s defence needs and operates under the purview of the defence ministers.

Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Qabas reported that the case will go before court on 27 April.

A source who spoke to Turkey's Anadolu Agency said a publication blackout was also granted at the behest of the politicians’ legal representatives.

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