Kuwait City: Two Kuwaiti National Assembly lawmakers are under investigation over "inflated bank accounts", according to Kuwait Times.
"The Ministry of Finance has referred the case to concerned authorities for official inquiry into the source of their wealth," said opposition MP Riyadh Al Adasani, claiming that more cases would be investigated.
The lawmaker confirmed that "two cases have been sent to the concerned authorities for further legal investigation", and added that more cases must be followed and referred for investigation.
Adasani claimed that some local banks informed the finance ministry’s fiscal intelligence unit that the accounts of an undisclosed number of lawmakers had been inflated and suspected of irregularities.
He said the issue was investigated by the country’s secret service and now the unit has referred the accounts of two lawmakers for further investigation and legal action.
He said he will continue to follow up the issue until all culprits are investigated and held to account. The lawmaker, however, gave no names.
Adasani has in the past two weeks threatened to grill the ministers of finance and interior if the suspected case was not referred to the public prosecution.
He said that he will continue to press for the trial of a number of lawmakers who openly said they had accepted payments from the government, citing former MPs Nabil Al Fadhl and Abdullah Al Tameemi.
In late 2011, the public prosecution interrogated 13 MPs over a suspected large-scale corruption case in which those lawmakers were accused of accepting millions of dinars in political bribes.
But the former MPs were freed and the case was shelved over a lack legislation to prosecute the culprits.