Kuwait court allows release of Russian woman sentenced to 10 years on bail of $65mn

Kuwait court allows release of Russian woman sentenced to 10 years on bail of $65mn
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According to Lazareva’s lawyers, the charges are based on the testimony of the businesswoman’s former assistant.

A Kuwaiti court ruled to release Maria Lazareva, a Russian citizen, who was sentenced to 10 years for embezzlement of government funds. This will be possible if the Russian woman pledges $65 million (20 million dinars). This is reported by RBC. It is not reported whether she is ready to pledge this amount.

Maria Lazareva is the head of Kuwait and Gulf Link Transport Company, an investment company that supplies food to American soldiers in Kuwait. 
Lazarus was accused of embezzling state funds allocated for the development of a transport and logistics hub in Kuwait. She was sentenced to 10 years in this case. In the second case, she is accused of embezzling budget funds for the development of port infrastructure. 

According to Lazareva’s lawyers, the charges are based on the testimony of the businesswoman’s former assistant, Mona Abdul Wahab. She began to give evidence against her boss after the latter had accused her of theft. 

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