MP Papul’s Conviction in Kuwait

Govt receives verdict copy: FM

Staff Correspondent

20 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Friday said the government has recently received the copy of verdict of MP Kazi Papul’s conviction in Kuwait in a case related to human trafficking, residency visa trading and money laundering.

“We have received the 61-page verdict copy from Kuwait government and it has been sent to the home ministry and parliament,” he said assuring that the action will be taken against him as per law of the land.

The foreign minister made the remarks while talking to journalists after attending the opening ceremony of “WE COLORFUL FEST 2021” organised by Women and E-commerce Forum at Purbachal Club in the capital.

Abdul Momen said parliament will decide what action will be taken against lawmaker Mohammad Shahidul Islam alias Kazi Papul.

Responding to a query over the legality of Papul’s Membership of Parliament, the minister said, “It will be resolved as per the regulations of Parliament.”

The government is not providing any kind of legal assistance to the convicted MP as he did not seek it either, Momen said adding that Papul did not go to Kuwait using a diplomatic passport or as an MP but he went there as a businessman.

“He has his own establishments in Kuwait and was staying there as a resident businessperson,” said the foreign minister.

On January 28, a Kuwait court sentenced Papul, an independent lawmaker from Laxmipur-2 to four years’ jail in a case filed over the charges and fined him 1.9 million Kuwaiti dinars. He is now in Kuwait jail.

Earlier, on June 6, 2020, Kuwait’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) arrested Papul from his residence in Kuwait City.

Meanwhile, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and the Criminal Investigation Department in Bangladesh have also opened several probes against the lawmaker and his family members on charges of money laundering and amassing illegal wealth.

On November 11, 2020, the ACC filed a case with its integrated district office Dhaka-1 against four people, including MP Papul and his wife Salina Islam, also a reserved seat lawmaker for graft charges.

The couple’s daughter Wafa Islam and sister-in-law Jesmin Prodhan were also made accused in the case filed on charges of illegal transaction of Tk 148 crore and amassing illegal wealth worth around Tk 2.31 crore.

On February 26, 2020, the ACC launched an inquiry against MP Papul over amassing huge amount of wealth beyond known sources of income.