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8 judges on trial for money laundering in Kuwait

A Kuwait court in Kuwait City on 19 June 2017 [YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images]
A Kuwait court in Kuwait City on 19 June 2017 [YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images]

For the first time in Kuwait, the Kuwaiti Public Prosecution has referred eight judges to trial accused of money laundering in the Bnaider Network cases.

Al-Qabas newspaper quoted a source stating that eight judges are involved in the case and will be publicly tried after being suspended from their positions.

After the case was closed, the newspaper indicated that the Public Prosecution referred a second case related to the Bnaider Network to the Criminal Court.

The newspaper added that this case is linked to another criminal file involving Iranian Fouad Salehi, pointing out that only two judges were referred to the Disciplinary Council, while the other eight judges were referred to the judiciary for trial.

The same source indicated that many suspects had been involved in this case, including two lawyers.

According to the source, the decision to try the eight judges is the first of its kind in the history of the Kuwaiti judiciary, after the Public Prosecution and the Supreme Judicial Council revealed the details of the crime and launched an urgent investigation against the ten judges. In addition, the judges were suspended and their jurisdictions were frozen until the issuance of final verdicts in the case.

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