20 years jail for money-launderers

20 years jail for money-launderers

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 4: Deputy Public Prosecutor Meshari Al-Salem has stressed the need to take all the necessary measures to combat money laundering, human trafficking, and migrant smuggling, reports Al- Qabas daily. Al-Salem made the statement when he attended a symposium on the sidelines of the third annual meeting of the Arab Public Representatives Association, which is being held in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh, with the participation of the heads of public prosecutions and public prosecution bodies in the Arab member states and the accompanying delegations, including the State of Kuwait, in addition to the concerned international bodies.

Al-Salem stated in the symposium entitled, “Efforts by Arab Prosecutions in Combating the Crimes of Corruption, Money Laundering, Migrant Smuggling, and Human Trafficking … Challenges and Impositions,” that Kuwait has effective legislation in combating these crimes; which pose a threat to the social and economic security of societies.

He explained that the Kuwaiti legislator imposed heavy penalties on the perpetrator of the crimes of human trafficking and smuggling of migrants – up to death for the crime of human trafficking if the crime resulted in the death of the victim, while the penalty for the crime of human smuggling reaches 15 years if it is linked to a set of aggravating circumstances. He added that about the crime of money laundering, its punishment in Kuwaiti legislation amounts to imprisonment for 20 years if it is linked to certain circumstances, most notably the commission of the crime through an organized group. He also confirmed that the Kuwaiti legislator granted the Public Prosecution certain powers, the most important of which is freezing and seizing funds.

He pointed out that Kuwait has joined many agreements that aim to unify efforts to reduce the abovementioned crimes; especially the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the two protocols associated with it, as well as the United Nations Convention against Corruption. Al-Salem pointed out as well that in recent years, the Public Prosecution investigated dozens of cases suspected of trafficking in persons, money laundering, and human smuggling; and it has issued many decisions and rulings regarding them, stressing in this context the importance of international cooperation in combating these crimes.

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