Kazi Papul, the former Bangladeshi lawmaker who was imprisoned for four years in Kuwait, will now languish in jail for seven years in total as an Appeal Court has sentenced him to another three-year imprisonment.
At the same time, he has been fined around Tk56.32 crore (KWD20 lakh) in the case, reports Al-Qabas, a Kuwaiti newspaper.
Earlier on 27 January, a Kuwait court sentenced the Bangladeshi lawmaker to four-year imprisonment, after around seven months of trial in a case filed for bribery and human trafficking. It also fined Papul 1.9 million dinars or around Tk53 crore.
As the lawmaker filed an appeal petition challenging the verdict, the court has now sentenced him three more years in jail against the allegation of human trafficking.
Apart from Papul, the court handed down jail terms for three more accused – Sheikh Mazen Al-Jarrah, the former deputy secretary general of Kuwait’s Home Ministry, Salah Khorshid, a former lawmaker, and a government official of Kuwait.
However, it acquitted MP Saadoun Hammad, a current member of Kuwaiti Parliament, of the accusation in the case.
Kazi Mohammad Shahid Islam alias Kazi Papul, an independent lawmaker from the Lakshmipur-2 constituency, was arrested in Kuwait on 6 June last year over allegations of human trafficking and illegal visa trade.
Based on the complaints from at least five Bangladeshi nationals who claimed to have been trafficked, the Kuwaiti prosecutors charged Papul with human trafficking, money laundering, bribing the Kuwaiti officials, illegal visa trade and torture on expatriates.
During the interrogation by the Kuwait Criminal Investigation Department, Kazi Papul confessed to bribing Kuwait officials, and his statement has been published by different media outlets.
The Kuwaiti authorities had earlier frozen his bank accounts and shut down all of his business enterprises including the Marafi Kuwatia Group. The Bangladeshi lawmaker was the managing director of the group.