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Kuwait PM vows nobody is immune from corruption investigations

Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah has launched a crackdown on corruption, money laundering and human trafficking in the country

Kuwait PM vows nobody is immune from corruption investigations

Sheikh Al-Sabah said the country was “fighting human trafficking” and revealed that legal action had been taken against 224 companies.

Kuwait Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah has said that nobody is immune from prosecution when it comes to cases of corruption in the country.

Sheikh Al-Sabah spoke as the Kuwaiti government intensified efforts to crack down on corruption cases involving public funds, money laundering and human trafficking.

He said: “We will not stay silent nor keep our hands crossed regarding human trafficking and money laundry, and we will not accept these issues be associated with the State of Kuwait, no matter how influential this person is.”

He added: "Kuwait deserves a good reputation and deserves the title of His Highness the Amir as 'Humanitarian Leader' and Kuwait as 'Humanitarian Centre’. We all have to exert efforts to fight whatever harms reputation of our nation.”

During a meeting with newspaper editors, Sheikh Al-Sabah said the country was “fighting human trafficking” and revealed that legal action had been taken against 224 companies over the matter.

The Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha) said on Sunday that it is fully cooperating with the public prosecution regarding allegations of money laundering and corruption related to the Malaysian sovereign wealth fund and illicit activities in North Korea.

Sheikh Al-Sabah said: “We will not be covering up on anyone, and no one is immune from prosecution be it in relation to the Malaysian fund or any suspected abuse of public funds or money laundry or human trafficking. This is a government priority."

He added that he met with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad three times when he was a Foreign Minister and he did not mention any "role of Kuwait in this issue".

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