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Wed 4 Mar 2015 12:53 PM

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Kuwait loses $168.5m in court cases

270 cases were filed against government departments in one year

Kuwait loses $168.5m in court cases
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The Kuwaiti government lost around $168.5 million
(KD50 million) over the past three years as a result of successful law suits
filed against it, according to the Kuwait Times.

Between 2013 and 2014, 270 cases were filed against
government departments, sources told the newspaper.

The cases were filed by senior government
officials, citizens and private companies for a variety of reasons including
not being paid certain incentives, alleged unjustified removal from posts and
missing out on promotions or tender opportunities.

Some of the cases filed were by victims of medical
errors demanding compensation. Most of the cases remain unsettled, the sources
said.

However, the Kuwait government also filed 400 cases
against citizens, senior officials and other state employees over the same
period, the newspaper reported.

In some cases the government also sued companies,
for reasons including breach of contract, erroneous or “foul” imports or price
manipulations.

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