A Bangladeshi Lawmaker Detained by Kuwait CID
SM Abul Kalam MP

Bangladesh Ambassador to Kuwait, SM Abul Kalam said that he had heard Kuwait CID has detained Laxmipur-2 MP Mohammad Shahid Islam also known as Kazi Papul last(Saturday) might, according to report of The Daily Star.

"I am trying to learn why he was arrested," he told the newspaper when asked if the embassy would provide any assistance to the MP.

The ambassador is also not aware whether any case has been filed against the MP.

"No human trafficking takes place from Bangladesh to Kuwait. What happens is visa trading," SM Abul Kalam said.

On February 27, The Daily ran a report which said The ACC has opened an enquiry into an allegation that Laxmipur-2 MP Mohammad Shahid Islam amassed Tk 1,400 crore by trafficking people to Kuwait and siphoned off the money to different countries.

Recently, some media outlets in Kuwait ran reports saying that three Bangladeshis were operating a human trafficking racket in the Middle Eastern country. On February 12, a report of the Arab Times, an English language daily, said one of the three was a "member of parliament in Bangladesh".

According to the report, which cited Arabic-language newspaper Al-Qabas, the trio "occupied sensitive positions" in three major companies that brought more than 20,000 Bangladeshi workers to Kuwait in exchange for an amount believed to be more than Tk 1,391.6 crore.

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