Kuwait to freeze 5m dinar in company account of MP Shahid

The public prosecution department of Kuwait has reportedly approached the country’s central bank to freeze the company bank account of Bangladeshi Lakshmipur lawmaker Md Shahid Islam alias Papul, who has been detained in gulf nation on charges of human trafficking and money laundering, reports Arab News.

In a report published on Saturday, the news portal said the financial balance of Papul’s company in Kuwait was around five million Kuwaiti Dinars (KD), including three million as the company’s capital.

The prosecution has contacted the bank to freeze the accounts so that they do not withdraw as they have become suspicious and will be required to recover from it if the charges are proven before the courts, the sources told the daily.

Shahid, independent lawmaker from Lakshmipur-2, was held by Kuwait’s Criminal Investigation Department on June 6.

Having travelled to Kuwait as a migrant worker, Laxmipur-2 MP Shahid now owns a business empire there. He has permanent resident status in Kuwait. His wife Salina Islam is also an MP from a seat reserved for women.

The Middle-Eastern media had reported his links to human trafficking after the arrest of a Bangladeshi suspect in February. Shahid had denied the allegations.

A vice-chairman of NRB Commercial Bank, Shahid is also chairman of NRB Securities Exchange Company. He sits on the board of Crystal Energy Limited as a director.