Security officers in Kuwait have arrested 11 foreigners for turning a flat in the Salmiya area in the capital Kuwait City into a gambling den. “The officers raided the flat after they monitored for several days following tips about men going there for illegal activities,” a security source told Kuwaiti daily Al Rai.
“Investigations revealed that seven Asians and four Arabs were running the gambling in the flat. They were all arrested and referred to the competent authorities for legal action,” the source added. In February last year, security officers have arrested a Kuwaiti doctor for reportedly running an illegal casino in the country.
According to reports, 33 other people, including one American citizen and three European nationals, were also arrested in the raid. The casino, believed to be the largest in the country where gambling is strictly prohibited, charged high fees.
The police busted the premises after a Kuwaiti man lost 200,000 Dinars (Dh2.60 million) and informed the investigation officers about its existence. Following a close monitoring of the area in Salmiya, the police gathered enough evidence to conduct the raid and arrest the suspects.
The probe revealed that the American man owned a casino in the US and that the Europeans were professionals who operated in international gambling halls. The reports said that smaller illegal casinos had also been secretly opened in various areas of the country and that a massive raid would be launched.
Gambling is banned in Kuwait, and the authorities are concerned that the trend of gambling on the Internet was growing. Media reports in Kuwait City said a large number of young people from different nationalities were gambling through social networking sites, playing mainly Poker, Black Jack and Roulette.