Papul’s wife, sister-in-law at ACC headquarters

MP Mohammad Shahid Islam Papul’s wife Salina Islam, MP, and sister-in-law Jesmin Akter Prodhan appeared before the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Wednesday for facing interrogation as part of investigation against the Bangladeshi MP who was arrested in Kuwait over human trafficking, money laundering, visa trading and bribery charges.

They entered the headquarters of the national anti-graft body in the morning.

Earlier, separate notices were served to them asking them to appear at the ACC head office on July 22.

The ACC also imposed a travel ban on the duo on June 17.

Earlier, it sought income tax documents of Papul, his family and sister-in-law from the National Board of Revenue (NBR).

Papul has been in Kuwait’s central prison after he was arrested on June 6.

Kuwaiti authorities froze his bank accounts and companies to ensure that the money is not moved around beyond the jurisdiction of Kuwaiti courts.

The MP is the managing director and CEO of Marafie Kuwaitia Group, a security and labour contracting company. In addition, he has three other companies in Kuwait, all of which are cleaning and contracting companies.

He has an annual net profit of around two million Kuwaiti dinars after all the bribes and money he spent on gifts in exchange for facilitating transactions and paperwork to bring in workers from Bangladesh. There are 350,000 Bangladeshis residing in Kuwait, according to the Embassy of Bangladesh.