Kuwait suspends security chief and officers over “leaked recordings”
Kuwait’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Anas Al Saleh has suspended the director general of the State Security Agency and seven officers in the agency over leaked recordings relating to the 1MBD scandal in which senior officials were involved in money laundering, influence peddling and squandering public funds that date back to 2018.
Al Saleh, also and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, has ordered an urgent and swift investigation into the leaked recordings once he was notified of them, and based on the preliminary results of investigation, he decided to suspend the head of the agency and officers pending completing investigation, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.
It was reported that the Minister of Interior referred a record dating back to 2018 related to the issue of the Malaysian Fund, which was handed over to him at the end of February 2020 by independent investigation bodies, whose facts were referred by the Council of Ministers to the Audit Bureau, the Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) and the Financial Investigation Unit, and a report was submitted to the prosecution about the facts mentioned in the recording.
The grilling ended with 10 lawmakers presenting a no-confidence motion against Al-Saleh. The parliament is scheduled to vote on the motion on August 26th.
There was a massive public uproar in the country after leaked recordings on social media revealed that personal accounts of prominent public figures, among them lawmakers and journalists were being monitored.
“I have directed an urgent investigation, the results of which will be delivered within 48 hours, regarding the 2018 recordings,”Al-Saleh said, adding that spying on citizens’ accounts is gravely unconstitutional.