Kuwait’s Ministry of Interior has clearly said that Bangladeshi lawmaker Shahid Islam alias Kazi Papul is not a Kuwaiti citizen.
The statement came in a tweet on Thursday, a day after Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told parliament that his seat will be declared vacant if he is a Kuwaiti citizen.Kuwait's Criminal Investigation Department (CID) arrested Papul on June 6 on charges of human trafficking, visa trading, and money laundering.
In the statement, Kuwait also confirmed that the news which was circulated in some social media that Papul has obtained Kuwaiti citizenship is incorrect.
The Gulf country has called upon all media to be accurate in publishing any news, reports Arab Times.
Its doors are open round the clock to respond to any inquiries related to security affairs, the statement said.
Deputy Prime Minister, minister of the interior and minister of state of cabinet affairs Anas-Al-Saleh said it is an important issue that has manifestations of corruption and is now under the authority of the Public Prosecution.
Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said on Tuesday MP Papul did not go to Kuwait with the government or diplomatic passport and he had been doing business in Kuwait for over 29 years. He is the Managing Director and CEO of a company there.The Kuwait government arrested him not as an MP of Bangladesh but as a businessman of Kuwait, he said, adding that he is probably a local resident of Kuwait.
On June 20, Papul, an MP from Laxmipur-2 constituency (independent), was landed in Kuwait prison. The Public Prosecutor of Kuwait had approached the Central Bank to freeze the bank accounts of the lawmaker.
The financial balance of the company amounts to about 5 million Kuwait dinars, including 3 million dinars as company’s capital.
In Bangladesh, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has started to probe into the allegations of illegal wealth and money laundering against Papul and his family members.
The anti-graft body is also carrying out investigation against Papul’s wife Selina Islam and daughter Kazi Wafa Islam and Selina’s sister Jasmine Akter.
The ACC has already sent letters to the National Board of Revenue (NBR), the Election Commission and the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies and Firms, seeking information on Papul and his family members.