Bangladesh MP’s partner admits to bribing two Kuwaiti lawmakers
During an investigation by the Bangladesh Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Amir Hossain, alias Siraj Uddin, admitted he fled Kuwait with the assistance of Kuwait’s immigration department in exchange for a huge bribe, the Dhaka Tribune reported.
The CID also found that Hossain, who is said to be a close associate of Mohammed Shahid Islam, revealed that the CCTV cameras at the boarding gate were intentionally turned off by one of his associates. Hossain was arrested in Bangladesh in August after Kuwait’s criminal investigation authority notified Bangladesh that Hossain was Islam’s partner and had assisted in running a large human trafficking scheme.
Hossain is said to have fled to Bangladesh in May, along with two other Bangladeshis, before they were awarded their jail sentence. All three were arrested in Kuwait for allegedly being involved in Islam’s human trafficking ring. Although Kuwaiti police seized their passports and placed a travel ban on them, the three Bangladeshi men were able to leave Kuwait and travel to their country.
Currently, the CID is investigating how Hossain was able to escape Kuwait and enter Bangladesh without coming to the notice of the Bangladeshi immigration department.
Back in June 8, Islam was arrested on charges of human trafficking, money laundering. In terms of human trafficking, Islam is being accused of bringing in thousands of Bangladeshis into Kuwait in exchange for money, usually ranging from 1,500 to 2,000 Kuwaiti dinars.
Islam is the managing director and CEO of Marafie Kuwaitia Group, a security and labour contracting company. In addition, Islam has three other companies in Kuwait, all of which are cleaning and contracting companies.
Back in August, it was revealed that Islam possessed a commercial licence that allowed him to trade in everything, from children’s toys to antiques, carpets and gold. By entering the gold and carpet business, Islam was able to continue his illegal permit trading scheme without raising suspicion because of the high value earned from his other business dealings.