Bangladeshi witnesses have given a rare glimpse of the grip of Bangladeshi MP, Mohammad Shahid Islam, charged with human trafficking and money laundering, on his compatriot workers, Kuwaiti media reported.
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The witnesses said the MP was like a mafia boss who demanded ‘taxes’ from poor, low-income workers, who obeyed and paid payments to him, Al Rai reported.
“The accused’s men were imposing a “royalty” on workers, at a value of 8 dinars per day,” a witness said.
The witness added he was told before traveling to Kuwait that his job will require working eight hours a day and that he will earn 140 dinars per month, but he discovered upon arrival that the shift would last 16 hours a day and that the monthly salary would be 100 dinars, and he was asked to do various jobs.
“Two men, Mahboub and Aman, were collecting the money for Shahid Islam,” the witness said before leaving to his home country.
The Bangladeshi MP is held in custody pending trial.
During interrogation, Shahid Islam reportedly confessed to have provided 1.1 million dinars ($3.58 million) by check to an official at the Ministry of Interior, one million dinars ($3.25 million) in cash to another official, in addition to “bags” of millions of dinars in cash to a third official, Kuwaiti media reported.
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