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Man bought citizenship, sold it to eight others – Four suspects still at large

Sheikh Mazen Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah
Sheikh Mazen Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah

KUWAIT: A Saudi national bought Kuwaiti nationality from a citizen, then he sold it to nine others. Nationality detectives found that an agreement was made between a citizen born in 1948 named A M M A and a Saudi national to have the citizen add the son of the Saudi to his nationality file for money. The citizen went to the nationality department and gave them false information, based on which he got a nationality certificate and a Kuwaiti passport.

The issue did not stop there, as after the Saudi became a Kuwaiti, and with the citizen’s collusion, he went to the nationality department and added eight persons (four Saudi and four Syrian) for KD 10,000 each. Nationality detectives collected evidence that proved the forgery and gave the information to Assistant Undersecretary for Nationality and Travel Documents Affairs Major General Sheikh Mazen Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah, who ordered to continue the investigations and arrest the culprits. When the information was confirmed, a warrant was obtained from the public prosecution, then the house of the Saudi national was raided, and he was placed under arrest.

When he was confronted about the information, he said it was true, and that his Saudi father agreed with the Kuwaiti suspect in 1986 to add him to the nationality file. He said in 2003 he agreed with another Kuwaiti citizen called M N A, born in 1982, to get a marriage contact with M A A, about whom nationality detectives’ investigations did not find any information. Then based on the contract, the Kuwaiti suspect M A A provided the Saudi suspect with eight birth certificates for four Saudis and four Syrians, with the claim they were the children of the Saudi who became Kuwaiti via forgery.

The plan succeeded, when the Saudi suspect went to the nationality department with the forged birth certificates, gave false information and the eight got Kuwaiti nationalities. Nationality detectives went to the houses of the eight, arresting four of them and referred them to concerned authorities, while the other four are on scholarships out of the country, and their names were placed on the wanted list.

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