KUWAIT CITY, May 12: The Criminal Court heard the testimony of a State Security officer in a case filed against seven expatriates – three Jordanians, two Iranians and two Egyptians – for allegedly financing terrorist operations in Iraq and Syria with funds worth KD 60 million.
The Public Prosecution had charged the seven defendants with forming an organized criminal group through which they committed the crime of laundering KD 60.3 million, which were obtained from the two crimes that harm the national interests of the country, during the period from 1/7/2019 to 10/10/2021, and deliberately violating the due diligence measures. It also charged six of the defendants with engaging in an activity that would harm the country’s national interests, by creating a huge illegal financial system outside the scope of the state’s regulatory authorities, similar to the legitimate systems.
One of the defendants was charged with forging bank statements with the intention of using them in a way that gives the illusion that they are identical to the genuine ones issued by the automated information system of two banks. He was charged with forging customary documents with the intention of using them in a way that gives the illusion that they are identical to the actual kind, such as invoices for importing goods from abroad.
In addition, he was charged with participating, by means of agreement and assistance with the other two defendants, in committing the crimes of forgery in the customary documents subject to the accusation. In his capacity as the manager of a moneyexchange company, he deliberately violated the due diligence measures in making overseas transfers.
The two other defendants were charged with forging bank statements with the intent of using them in a way that gives the illusion that they conform to the truth, and they were notices of cash deposit operations through the banking hall and the automated system at the dealing banks. They were also charged with forging customary documents with the intention of using them in a way that gives the illusion that they conform to the truth, and also participating in the ways of agreement and assistance with the sixth accused in committing the two crimes of forgery of bank and customary documents.
Two other defendants were charged with deliberately violating due diligence measures when making transfers abroad, as they received cash with others without proving their data or verifying their identity. The seventh defendant was charged with participating in the ways of agreement and assistance with the first to the sixth defendants in committing the money laundering crime. By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff
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