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Kuwait Protection

Kuwait is the only country I’ve lived in where people caught taking bribes or embezzling public funds get to keep their jobs. I understand in one ministry, a man is still in a job where he was convicted of embezzlement, and no one knows how much he has to pay back because they are still discovering all that he embezzled. He gets to keep his job?

This is from the Arab Times.

KUWAIT CITY: The Kandari tribe elders are planning to meet the Prime Minister to discuss the ‘sacking’ of the director of the Mubarak Al-Kabeer Security Department, reports Al-Watan daily.

The elders considered the ‘discharge from duty’ as exaggerated punishment particularly since the ministry had earlier praised his efforts and promoted him to a higher rank just a few months ago.

Earlier it was reported two directors of security departments in the Mubarak Al-Kabir and Capital governorates were being investigated for their illegal activities. The daily also added some senior police officials, whose identities were not given, were involved in alcohol trafficking and gambling.

The daily went on to say one of the directors from the Mubarak Al-Kabeer governorate was getting commission from an Asian man to run a gambling den and other illegal activities.

Interrogations revealed the director dispatched a police officer to a bank to change quarter dinar banknotes for KD 10 notes and a counter clerk at the bank branch said it was not the first time he had changed the quarter dinar notes for the officer. The quarter dinar notes were reportedly given to the officer as commission by the Asian.

In another incident a policeman was caught selling booze using police vehicle and when the uniformed man was arrested and reported to the director, the director is said to have overlooked the incident and refused to take action.

Moreover, it was also reported pressure had been applied on the arresting officer to withdraw his case.

It was also reported an Asian was caught selling alcohol and during interrogation he admitted to working for the director of the Capital governorate.

The man was reportedly deported from the country immediately which aroused suspicion. Sources say the man was deported because he was a key witness in the case.

Now this one is from The Kuwait Times

KUWAIT: MP Dr Faisal Al-Muslem recently urged the First Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense cum Minister of Interior Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah to order the formation of a special committee to investigate recent press stories concerning a Mangaf house that had been allegedly turned into a ‘night club’ for Americans where they had liquor and various illegal stuff. Informed sources noted that special body guards had been placed in the house’s surroundings to prevent any of the neighbors from approaching it.

This is a social disaster that needs immediate attention,” stressed Al-Muslem noting that such an act was a clear violation of Kuwait’s sovereignty, religious beliefs, and constitutional rights to have a peaceful and secure residence.

In view of the fact that no security forces had been able to interfere and stop such violations, Al-Muslem wondered about the identity of the apparently high-ranking security official who had been protecting the owners of the night club. Al-Muslem also urged the Minister of State for Housing Affairs Abdul Wahed Al-Awadhi to form a specialized team to check on whether the owner of the night club had any right to violate the rules of the Housing Public Authority.

Furthermore, Al-Muslem suggested providing all expatriates (both newcomers and those renewing residency visas) with special brochures clarifying Kuwaiti social and religious concepts and asking them to show full respect and observation to them.

it gave me a smile thinking special brochures are going to change behavior. Somehow, this “nightclub” is getting protection. And people caught delivering alcohol in their cars are receiving protection. As long as these practices, contrary to Kuwaiti social and religious concepts are protected, what is a special brochure going to change? Some of them will drink and (ahem) do other illegal activities because they can! Because someone is providing protection for these activities.

October 29, 2007 - Posted by | Bureaucracy, Cold Drinks, Community, Crime, Customer Service, Detective/Mystery, Entertainment, ExPat Life, Financial Issues, Kuwait, Leadership, Living Conditions, Political Issues, Social Issues


  1. Yes only in Kuwait and the rest of the Arab world do these types of things occur. Please get off your high horse and the whole ‘wow Kuwait is so corrupt and backwards’ mentality is so last year. Also if your source of information is from the Arab Times then I think you need to rethink things.

    Comment by hmm | October 29, 2007 | Reply

  2. And for sources of information, hmmmm, you suggest . . .?

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 29, 2007 | Reply

  3. presumption of innocence is a legal right where one should be considered innocent until proven guilty. Therefore, he would be innocent, until they find all the embezzled funds, pin it on to him and then have a case to punish him.
    Firing him from his job would be inhumane. He could be asked not to attend work and to proceed on leave because he could tamper with evidence before they prove it. But otherwise….it would be a case of guilty until proven innocent.

    Comment by mentabolism | October 29, 2007 | Reply

  4. i’m an expat living in kuwait, recently being harrased by a kuwait woman and they interfered and harrased my maid as well, when i complained to the police they took her side as it turned out she was higher then the police, i was forced to sign to agree to stay away from her , i have being forced to move out my house because of this… we did nothing wrong… why is the law like this and is there protection for expats living here ??

    Comment by anonymous | October 29, 2007 | Reply

  5. the xpats will stop when the kuwaitis do..

    Comment by Enigma | October 30, 2007 | Reply

  6. Mentabolism – I really like your blog.

    You make a good point about presumption of innocence. In most countries, a man/woman accused of taking bribes or embezzlement is usually dismissed while his/her case is being prosecuted, to protect the funds and to protect against any further damage. There is a concern that a desperate person may destroy evidence, take with him/her important files, destroy any paper trail, etc.

    Desert Girl on Kuwait has recently listed some articles on huge fraud, abuse, waste and corruption in the American forces contract office in Kuwait, which has been described as “hub of corruption.” When they are accused, they are immediately removed from any contact with official documents and files, and are often jailed. Several have committed suicide, so your statement about allowing them to remain and earn a living is definitely more humane, but dangerous in terms of proving the case against them.

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 30, 2007 | Reply

  7. Anonymous – Yikes!

    Enigma – typing with my cat on my lap, first it came out Ebugma 😦 – I honestly believe Kuwait is in the midst of a great transition. There is a whole bulge of young people moving into more and more responsible positions, idealistic, hard working, future-oriented young Kuwaitis. Kuwait is changing. It happens. And it causes all kinds of uneasiness as power is redistributed.

    I printed this article because even taking this man our of his job on suspicion that he has been protecting alcohol distribution in Kuwait, from a very high ranking position, takes a lot of courage on someone’s part. They knew this would cause upheaval. It takes fortitude.

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 30, 2007 | Reply

  8. I’m glad things are changing.

    Comment by rainmountain | October 31, 2007 | Reply

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