State Minister for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah yesterday said that leading US investigation and intelligence services firm Kroll had found that claims made by former opposition MPs about huge money transfers were “baseless”. He was speaking during a special debate on what MPs described as systematic attacks on the judiciary “aimed at destroying Kuwait”. Sheikh Mohammad told MPs that the government had hired Kroll to carry out investigations over allegations that former prime minister Sheikh Nasser Al- Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al- Sabah and his son made billions of dollars of illegal transfers to foreign banks including a bank in Israel.
The allegations were made at a public rally in June last year. Sheikh Mohammad said Kroll, which once investigated Saddam Hussein’s finances for Kuwait, said in a lengthy report that the size of transfers claimed by former MPs is illogical, especially the ones to Israel. The report also said that Kroll got letters from a British bank saying that they had never had any dealings with the former premier or his son, quashing claims by the former opposition politicians
The full report will be published in local press for the people to read for themselves, Sheikh Mohammad promised. He did not say if the reputed US firm was also asked to investigate controversial videotapes against various political figures. The former MPs had claimed that tens of billions of dollars had been illegally transferred by the former prime minister through several foreign banks and even projected images of cheques in the name of the former premier. The transfers were part of other accusations included in the lawsuit against the former premier and former Assembly speaker Jassem Al-Khorafi which the public prosecutor decided to close last week for lack of evidence.
Sheikh Mohammad also forcefully defended the judiciary and reaffirmed the government’s trust and confidence in the “fair and honorable” judiciary system and judges. The special Assembly debate was called by 17 MPs to highlight recent attacks on judges and videos uploaded on Twitter allegedly showing judges accepting bribes, a charge that has been categorically denied by the judiciary and other government agencies.
In a lengthy speech, Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al- Ghanem launched a scathing attack against Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahd Al-Sabah, who had filed the lawsuit against Sheikh Nasser and Khorafi, accusing him of attempting to destabilize the country by attacking the judiciary and other authorities. He also claimed that Sheikh Ahmad’s videotapes are based on fabricated information that can never withstand examination.
Ghanem showed what he said were parts of Sheikh Ahmad’s reports and Swiss court rulings to prove they were contradictory and manipulated. The speaker also said he has filed a lawsuit with the public prosecution about a conspiracy to tap his phone and record conversations with his family and associates. He charged Sheikh Ahmad of “plotting to destroy the country” in a bid to overthrow the regime.
A large number of MPs warned that undermining the judiciary could demolish the entire state and called on the government to take all necessary legal actions against all those who spread false rumors about the judiciary. The debate ended without MPs issuing recommendations about the highly sensitive issue.