Ex-MP Papul sentenced to 7 years in Kuwait over human trafficking

A Kuwaiti top appeals court today sentenced former Bangladeshi lawmaker Shahid Islam Papul to seven years in prison and ordered him to pay a fine of KD (Kuwaiti dinar) 2.7 million in a case filed for human trafficking.

The court also ordered the defendant be deported after serving the sentence, reports Gulf News.

The court also handed down similar jail terms to the undersecretary of the Kuwaiti Interior Ministry Maj Gen Mazen Al-Jarrah and Hassan Al Khedr, a manpower director, and ordered their termination from their respective government posts on charges of bribery in the same case.

The court, moreover, sentenced ex-Kuwaiti parliamentarian Salah Khurshed to seven years in prison and ordered him to pay a fine of KD 740,000.

A Kuwaiti criminal court in February sentenced the ex-Bangladeshi lawmaker to four years in prison and ordered him to pay a fine of KD1.9 million

He was charged with receiving money from dozens of workers to bring them in from Bangladesh to Kuwait through a company he managed with illegal assistance from the Kuwaiti officials charged in the case.

Papul reportedly amassed KD 5 million worth of assets in the Gulf country.

The Kuwaiti public prosecution contested the rulings handed down to the prime defendant and convicted accomplices and demanded tougher penalties.