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Kuwait: Council of Ministers Approves Draft Law on Combating Corruption and Money Laundering

(Oct. 4, 2011) On September 26, 2011, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved a draft anti-corruption law. The provisions of this legislation impose sanctions of up to seven years of imprisonment for the crimes of money laundering, fraud in public tenders and auctions, deception in financial disclosure by government officials, and bribery.

Following the Council of Ministers' approval, the draft law will be conveyed to the Amir and the National Assembly for review and approval. The draft law was issued in the wake of protests concerning suspicious banking transactions related to large monetary deposits that belonged to some of the members of the Kuwaiti Parliament. (Kuwait Approves an Anti-Corruption Bill [in Arabic], AL BAYAN DAILY (Sept. 26, 2011).)