New details on Bangladeshi MP Mohammed Shahid Islam’s dealings and businesses in Kuwait have surfaced, a daily Kuwaiti newspaper Al Qabas reported according to Gulf News.
It had previously been reported that Islam has four companies in Kuwait, all of which are in the labour contracting and cleaning industry. Yet, it has come to surface that he possesses commercial licenses that allow him to trade in everything from Kuwait, from children’s toys to antique carpets.
A document obtained by Al Qabas shows that Islam has a commercial license known as ‘general trading and contracting’ license, which grants him access to almost all trading industries.
According to a source that spoke to Al Qabas, this distinctive license enables Islam to not only obtain governmental cleaning contracts, but opens up doors to much more — from construction and electric work to agriculture and car rental contracts.
In addition, by obtaining this license, Islam was able to hide behind government contracts and bring in more workers without any legal obstacles, the source said.
By entering the gold and carpet business, Islam was able to continue his illegal permit trading scheme without raising suspicion because of the high value earned from his other business dealings, the source added according to Gulf News.