‘Income justified with invoices’
KUWAIT CITY, March 1: According to reliable sources, most of the celebrities who have been charged with money laundering have recently been able to justify their income with official invoices. The so-called “celebrity laundering” cases, known in the media, seem to be misdemeanor cases and are not related to the crime of money laundering, reports Al-Qabas daily. They explained that an official decision on referrals to these cases will be signed in the first week of March.
It is likely that only three accused will be referred to the Criminal Court, as the Public Prosecution is still studying its precise merits. Other cases are heading to possible adjournment.
The sources revealed that the names of the defendants being circulated on the social media are completely inaccurate. About the reasons for the change in the course of that case, the sources said, “A large group of famous people were able to justify their incomes with original and dated invoices. The Public Prosecution has commissioned the State Security Department to investigate the other group.”
However, they affirmed that the statements of the State Security Department were not sufficient during the past months, and that the supplementary reports during the era of the Minister of Interior Sheikh Thamer Al-Ali were very weak.
The State Security Department refrained from reporting the source of the celebrities’ money that had no bills. It is worth mentioning that the names of several personalities were circulated in the “celebrity money-laundering” case, after the tremendous jump in the incomes of some of them, which raised question marks and spooked relevant authorities.