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Kuwaiti court sentences ex-minister to 7 years in jail for embezzlement 

Kuwaiti flag [File photo]
Kuwaiti flag [File photo]

A Kuwaiti court has sentenced former health minister Ali Ubaidi and a number of officials in the same ministry to seven years in prison unless they pay a bail of 10,000 Kuwaiti dinars ($33,000) each on a charge of embezzlement, the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Rai has reported.

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The court also ordered that the defendants return to the state 80 million dinars ($263,000) and dismissed them from their posts.

This is the first time for a former cabinet minister to be handed a jail term in Kuwait.

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