Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has rebuked a rumour about a member of the parliament (MP) alleged links with human trafficking in Kuwait as fake news.
The minister made the remarks while attending a question and answer session regarding the session on Sunday, February 16, reports the Prothom Alo.
"We have heard that it is a fake news. We don't have any information. The Bangladeshi mission in Kuwait has not informed us about anything like that. We are still not sure about it. A newspaper published the news, but later said it might be fake," said AK Abdul Momen.
On Wednesday, A Kuwaiti Arabic daily Al-Qabas and Arab Times published a news about Bangladeshi human traffickers with the MP's alleged links to it. The Kuwaiti media didn't reveal the name of the MP. However an investigation revealed it to be Kazi Shahid Islam Papul, A lawmaker from Laxmipur-2.
Papul escaped to Kuwait before local authorities could arrest him in Bangladesh. The local newspaper confirmed the news citing reference from the Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry. According to the Kuwaiti Crime Investigation Department (CID), this independent candidate and two of his accomplices have made around Tk1, 400 crore by trafficking about 20,000 Bangladeshi into Kuwait.
"There have been local and international conspiracies since I became a member of the parliament to defame me. I am not involved with any illegal activities like that," Papul to a Prothom Alo representative on Friday.