Court Acquitted Kuwaiti Ambassador And Ordered Him To Return The Embezzled Amount KD 299,000
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The Court of Appeals acquitted a Kuwaiti ambassador after overturning the verdict of the First Instance Court which sentenced him to seven years in prison with hard labor for embezzling public funds and ordered him to return the embezzled amount — KD 299,000. The court also acquitted an administrative attaché involved in the same case, after canceling the five-year jail sentence with hard labor imposed on him and the order to dismiss him for misappropriation of public funds. The Public Prosecution charged the accused, in their capacity as public sector employees representing the State of Kuwait in another country, with embezzling public funds amounting to KD 299,000. The administrative attaché allegedly endorsed checks for this amount and this is considered an administrative violation. Case files indicate the ambassador used the checks to get money from the account of the embassy. Results of investigations revealed the accused gave a portion of the money to the authorities to settle some embassy matters but he embezzled the remaining amount — a crime classified as money laundering. The prosecution added the ambassador was also involved in money laundering operations worth KD 94,000 as the money was transferred from the embassy’s account to his own account. The attaché was aware of the operations, so he is an accomplice or directly involved in forging official documents.



06 Dec, 2016 1457
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