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Kuwait police bust money-laundering ring

Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Kuwait police bust money-laundering ring

The Ministry of Interior announced Monday dismantling a money-laundering ring, arresting two suspects and seizing valuable assets in a massive operation across the country.

The move came after months of continuous monitoring and tracking of the criminal network and part of the ministry's efforts to counter money-laundering, bribery, illicit gaining and illegal acts that jeopardize public interests, the ministry said in a press statement.

It unveiled that after completing relevant investigations, police forces raided the hideout of the ring's mastermind and main suspect at a chalet in the southern Bnaider area.

Police have also searched four other sites used by the suspect: a house, a farm in the southern Al-Wafra farms area in Al-Ahmadi governorate, and two apartments: one in Kuwait City and the other in Al-Salmiya district in Hawally governorate, it pointed out.

The ministry added that the security forces which raided they sites have confiscated several valuable assets: luxurious and classic cars, motorbikes, expensive watches and jewelry, sums of money in different currencies, and boxes alcoholic drinks.

The relevant bodies have arrested one suspected ring member at Kuwait International Airport prior to his departure from the country, the ministry disclosed.

The ministry stressed that investigations are going on to apprehend all members of the network and once all investigations are completed, the suspects will be put on trial.

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