Kuwaiti minister resigns over corruption charges

Ahmad al-Jassar, Kuwait's minister for electricity, water, and public works, filed his resignation following allegations that a commission he set up "erroneously" approved an unqualified firm for a project

Ahmad al-Jassar, minister for electricity, water, and public works, Kuwait. [Image: Getty]
Ahmad al-Jassar, minister for electricity, water, and public works, Kuwait. [Image: Getty]

A Kuwaiti minister tendered his resignation on Tuesday, 29 September, 2015, after a court sentenced him to jail for wrongly approving a contract that inflicted heavy losses on the state, it was reported. 

Ahmad al-Jassar, Kuwait's minister for electricity, water and public works, submitted his resignation to the country's prime minister following corruption charges. 

"Jassar and the other convicts were members of a technical commission set up by the [country's] electricity and water ministry in 2007 to study contracts aimed at boosting the oil-rich Gulf state's power generation," according to Lebanese news website, Naharnet

 A court verdict said "the commission erroneously approved" a $215m contract with a company not qualified for the job.

As a result, "the project was delayed and caused heavy damage to public funds", the verdict reportedly added. 

At the time, opposition lawmakers alleged the deal was corrupt.

The country's lower court on Monday, 28 September, sentenced Jassar, four senior officials, and 11 former officials to two years in jail each, and asked them to pay $3,300 in order to have the terms suspended.

The court also fined them each $66,000.

Jassar was appointed to the post six months ago.

The offer to resign will only take effect if and when Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah accepts it. 

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