Kuwaiti minister accused of signing contracts with Israel

Bassem Aly, Thursday 11 Apr 2013

Ahmad Al-Humoud Al-Sabah, Kuwait's interior minister, to face special tribunal following accusations he had financial dealings with an Israeli company

Kuwait's Interior Minister Ahmad Al-Humoud Al-Sabah (Photo: Ahram)

The Kuwaiti public prosecution referred Ahmad Al-Humoud Al-Sabah, the interior minister, to a special tribunal after he was accused of signing contracts with Israel.

Al-Sabbah is charged with signing contracts with a Canadian company owned by an Israeli firm, the Kuwait Times reported on Thursday.

The allegation, according to the newspaper, came following a request filed in March by Member of Parliament Faisal Al-Duwaisan against Al-Sabah.

Parliamentary discussion on the issue has been postponed by the National Assembly, though no reason for this has been announced.

Meanwhile, a private lawyer has also filed a lawsuit on the matter with the public prosecution.

The tribunal will investigate the availability of "sufficient evidence" to transfer Al-Sabah to a special court.

Al-Sabah, who is also the First Deputy Prime Minister, denied allegations on cooperation with Israel at a meeting with members of the National Assembly's Committee for Interior and Defense Affairs, the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported on 27 March.

KUNA added that Asker Al-Enizi, the head of the committee, said that Al-Sabah asserted the fact that the firm is "Canadian not Israeli" during a press briefing that followed the meeting.

"The minister stopped dealing with the firm in question as soon as he heard from Al-Duwaisan about the rumour; the minister contacted a number of places, among them the Canadian embassy, from whom it became evident that the firm is Canadian not Israeli", the news agency quoted Al-Enizi as saying.

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