Kuwait asks Dubai to release funds frozen in money laundering probe – letter
12 Nov 2018

Kuwait’s prosecutors have asked Dubai to release $500 million (£385.2 million) in funds belonging to a Kuwaiti private equity fund that were frozen as part of a money laundering investigation, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

The funds, held at a Dubai-based bank, were frozen at the behest of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) central bank in November 2017, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter and legal documents and correspondence between parties involved in the case reviewed by Reuters.

According to a senior UAE official, the probe, which has not been previously reported, was undertaken by Dubai authorities to determine if funds sent from a bank in the Philippines to the Kuwaiti private equity fund’s account in Dubai constituted money laundering.

– By Davide Barbuscia, Reuters, 9 November 2018.

Link to Reuters.

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