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and from the GDN’s front page:
Official held for fraud
An official accused of running money laundering operations in Bahrain and abroad was arrested yesterday following investigations by the Economic Crimes Directorate. Interior Ministry assistant under-secretary for legal affairs Brigadier Rashid Bu Humood said the ministry discovered the fact early last year and closely monitored in secret the officialâ€™s activities in Bahrain and abroad. His contacts and meetings with his aides and parties he was dealing with abroad were subjected to strict control after taking all required legal measures. He has been referred to Public Prosecution.
Wanna guess who this minister is?
They don’t mention him in the pieces above of course, but according to various online forums it appears to be my friend Mansour bin Rajab!
Well this is a turn of events isn’t it? If it is indeed the Right Honourable Minister of course.
Don’t know, but maybe it’s a combination of factors:
- the government is signaling that they’re serious (again) about combating corruption
- they want an improvement in their CPI
- the cookie jar is being depleted too fast
- same with the goat bank (Islamically correct form of a piggy bank)
- discovered this expeditious method of reducing staffing levels
- enacting the corruption article of the Labour Law saves termination fees
or any other number of factors.
Whatever it is, like the rest of Bahrain I’ll wait for clarifications and an outcome of this case, if any.
One thing I will guarantee you though: watch this situation being played with sectarian notes.