MP Papul’s conviction: Govt receives verdict copy
The government has recently received the copy of a 61-page verdict of Bangladeshi MP Mohammad Shahid Islam alias Kazi Papul’s conviction in Kuwait in a case related to human trafficking, residency visa trading and money laundering.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Friday confirmed it after attending the opening ceremony of “WE COLORFUL FEST 2021” organised by Women & E-commerce Forum at Purbachal Club.
“We’ve received the 61-page verdict copy and it has been sent to the right place,” he said, assuring that action will be taken against Papul as per law of the land.
“We were concerned as Kuwait also takes time in processing any verdict like that of Bangladesh and directed the Ambassador there to take proper steps in this regard,” the Foreign Minister said, reports UNB.
Responding to a question over the legality of Papul’s Membership of Parliament, the minister said, “I’ve no comment on it. It’ll be resolved as per the regulations of Parliament.”
The government is not providing any kind of legal assistance to the convicted MP as he did not seek it either, Momen said.
“He has his own establishments in Kuwait and was staying there as a resident businessperson,” the Foreign Minister added.
Meanwhile, the High Court has fixed February 22 for hearing the rule issued challenging the legality of Papul’s MP post, who is now in a jail of Kuwait.
On August 16 last year, Abul Foyej Bhuiya, a candidate (independent) of the 11th Parliamentary Election, filed a writ petition challenging the legality of MP Shahid’s post as he has been accused of providing fake documents and submitting fake educational certificates, which is a violation of the Representation of the People Order 1972.
Papul was arrested in Kuwait in June last year in cases related to human trafficking, residency visa trading and money laundering. He was sent to prison there.
Then, the Public Prosecutor of Kuwait had approached the Central Bank to freeze his bank accounts. The financial balance of the company amounts to about 5 million Kuwait dinars, including 3 million dinars as company’s capital.