Bahraini minister denies he was charged with money-laundering

Bahraini minister denies he was charged with money-laundering

Bahraini Minister of State Mansoor bin Rajab Friday denied that he had been charged with money laundering a day after a government official said an unnamed cabinet minister had been detained and charged, dpa reported.

His statement came shortly after he opened his home doors to receive weekly visitors from the public.

"I was contacted by the Criminal Investigation Directorate and they requested that I appear in front of them and I complied. I had to answer questions relating to me and some of my staff in the ministry," bin Rajab said during his weekly open house.

"They also requested that they search some of the offices".

If prosecuted, bin Rajab would be first minister accused of criminal wrongdoing in the Gulf island state since it gained independence from Britain in 1971.

Bin Rajab, some of whose aides' offices and homes had been raided by police, also denied that he appeared in front of the public prosecutor. The Ministry of Interior statement on Thursday suggested a minister had been detained.

Bin Rajab said that on Sunday, which marks the start of the week in the Gulf island, he and his aides will be back in their offices to continue to carry out their duties.

"No one is above the law, that is why we cooperated with the Ministry of Interior in its investigation, but what happened was no more than answering questions raised by the Ministry of Interior," he said.

On Thursday, the Ministry of Interior said that it detained and charged an unnamed "official" for money-laundering crimes, which sources said amounted to millions of US dollars.

Brigadier Rashid Bu Humood, the ministry's assistant undersecretary for legal affairs, said the suspicious activities of the official came to authorities'attention in early 2009 and they had been monitoring him and his aides ever since.

Sources close to the investigation also told the German Press Agency dpa that a number of Western European agencies were among the foreign security services that had cooperated with Bahrain to uncover the scheme.

In May 2008, bin Rajab, who was earlier a member of the appointed upper house of the National Assembly, was one of two ministers to be quizzed by parliament over financial, administrative and constitutional irregularities before they were cleared.

The 55-year-old continued to head the Municipalities and Agriculture Affairs for five months after questioning. He was then appointed as a minister of state in a limited cabinet reshuffle.

Subscribe to Trend in Google News! Subscribe
Exports of Iran to Tajikistan soar
Exports of Iran to Tajikistan soar
Kazakhstan's trade dynamics with TOP-3 CIS partners unveiled
Kazakhstan's trade dynamics with TOP-3 CIS partners unveiled
Kazakhstan, Tajikistan may change customs duties on petroleum products
Kazakhstan, Tajikistan may change customs duties on petroleum products
Loading Bars
Latest
Kazakhstan boosts manufacturing volume of gold
Indian Govt looks to revive tourism sector as jab drive gathers steam
Canadian company to invest in exploration of gold deposits in Uzbekistan
Turkish company talks plans for crop, livestock production in Azerbaijan's Karabakh
21 subject olympiad winners enter Baku Higher Oil School
IRENEX shares data on sales of Iran’s NIOPDC at energy exchange
Bahar Azadi gold coin price again falling in Iran
Azerbaijan’s 9M2021 imports of Turkish chemical products increase
Kazakhstan to build capacious renewable energy facilities
PM Modi reaffirms India’s focus on free & open Indo-Pacific
Iran reveals COVID-19 data for October 28
Chief Financial Officer of Azerbaijan's Bravo supermarket chain talks profit prospects
Pension savings in Kazakhstan increase
Iran's Bistoon TPP boosts electricity generation
Romania plays very important role in Azerbaijan-NATO cooperation plan - Azerbaijani president
Konkan Shakti 2021: India, UK take part in maiden bilateral tri-service exercise
Georgian public foreign debt on the rise
During second Karabakh war, we felt support of people of Kyrgyzstan - President Ilham Aliyev
Turkey occupies very important place in international arena - Azerbaijani President
EBRD talks details of putting out former uranium mining sites in Uzbekistan
Indian-origin Anita Anand is Canada's new Defence Minister as PM Trudeau reshuffles Cabinet
Kazakhstan reports decrease in volume of money transfers
Azerbaijan's Barda city commemorates victims of Armenian aggression during second Karabakh war (PHOTO)
Russia’s Gazprombank projects Azerbaijan’s refinancing rate level
Iran’s Shahid Tondgooyan Petrochemical Company reaches increase in production
Armenia ready to begin delimitation and demarcation of borders with Azerbaijan
Azerbaijani President congratulates Turkish counterpart
Saipem announces time of returning EBITDA to pre-COVID level
Iran shares amount of needed money for construction of roads, bridges in Khuzestan Province
Iran reveals volume of trade turnover via border terminals in Sistan & Baluchestan Province
Saipem reveals revenue forecasts for 2H 2021
Turkey acting jointly with Azerbaijan regarding normalization of relations with Armenia - FM
Saipem sees significant increase in revenues
Turkey reveals number of ships docking at Tekirdag port in 9M2021
Armenia lagged behind Azerbaijan in armaments issue – Armenian president
Azerbaijan talks ongoing work to restore houses damaged from Armenian shelling during Second Karabakh War - Trend TV (PHOTO)
Ryanair vows 5-day refund turnaround after COVID criticism
Hungary talks on measures to diversify gas supply routes
Hungary’s gas reservoirs 86% full, well above EU average
Investment projects in Turkmen oil and gas fields in Caspian Sea discussed at int'l conference
BSTDB ready to support Azerbaijan to meet emission commitments under Paris agreement (Exclusive)
Bank Keshavarzi Iran sees increase in loans issued for purchase of agricultural machinery
SOCAR’s STAR Refinery boosts crude imports
Turkmenistan Airlines simplifies clearance of int’l cargo transportation
Turkmenistan, Danish Haldor Topsoe to co-op in ammonia, methanol production
Azerbaijan sees significant growth in investment in capital market
Iran increases exports through Bilasuvar border checkpoint
Remains of two people found in Azerbaijan's liberated Aghdam - Prosecutor General's Office
Azerbaijan to discuss change of state duties
Iran announces amount of currency sold at NIMA exchange rate
Kazakh gas producing company opens tender to attract designing services
Iran allocates financial aid to support maritime industries
President Ilham Aliyev receives credentials of incoming Romanian ambassador (PHOTO/VIDEO)
President Ilham Aliyev receives newly appointed ambassador of Kyrgyz Republic (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Baku Stock Exchange talks readiness to issue "Green Bonds" for Azerbaijan's liberated lands
Israel 2021-22 budget clears parliament's finance committee
Kazakh banks increase lending value m-o-m
Iran builds prefabricated homes in Kish Island
Azerbaijan's Bravo auctions its first bonds via Baku Stock Exchange (PHOTO)
Azerbaijan completes repairs of houses in Jojug Marjanli damaged by Armenia’s shelling (PHOTO)
Azerbaijani oil prices decline
Georgia releases data on COVID-19 cases for October 28
Iran's Astara port , Russia's Astrakhan port declared sister ports
Kazakhstan reports increase in all types of deposits
Kazakhstan to consider construction of reservoirs in Kyzylorda region
Kazakhstan doesn’t plan to suspend scheduled flights – ministry
Iran reactivates fuel stations after cyberattack
Azerbaijan betters positions in revised Global Firepower 2021 rating
Iranian currency rates for October 28
Booster jab is important for long-term protection against COVID-19 - Azerbaijani doctor
National Iranian Oil Company discloses volume of gas to be extracted in country
SOCAR Ukraine sees 11% increase in fuel sales
Iran and Turkmenistan sign cooperation document
Iran's export to Kazakhstan increases
Azerbaijani boxers start performance in World Cup in Belgrade with victory
Azerbaijan repatriates 38 children from Iraqi orphanages – MFA
Turkey unveils number of ships docking at Antalya port
Iran's Energy Exchange announces products to be on sale on October 30
Brent falls to two-week low after inventory shock
Vienna talks to be resumed in late Nov.: Ulyanov
Georgia increases re-exports of vehicles
Coronavirus caseload in Kazakhstan climbs to 934,387
Iran prepares to boost maritime transit
Biden likely to head to COP26 without a final U.S. climate deal
6 companies to recall nearly 330,000 vehicles over faulty parts in South Korea
India rejects net zero carbon emissions target, says pathway more important
Australia eases COVID-19 travel advisory ahead of border reopening
Barcelona sack coach Koeman after loss to Rayo Vallecano
US, Turkey hold new talks to 'resolve F-35 dispute'
EU top court fines Poland 1 mln euros per day amid legal row
Turkey reports 26,896 daily COVID-19 cases
US tells Iran ‘window will not remain open forever’ to revive nuclear deal
Portugal's parliament rejects budget, snap election looms in 2022
Russian expert talks on importance of commissioning of Fuzuli Int'l Airport
Chronicles of Victory: President Ilham Aliyev interviewed by Russian Interfax agency on October 28, 2020 (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Chronicles of Victory: October 28, 2020
Blinken says he ordered reviews of State Dept's evacuation efforts out of Afghanistan
Moderna COVID shot could be used in U.S. children, teens within weeks
London launches Europe's biggest scheme to drive polluting vehicles off roads
14th batch of Sputnik V vaccines delivered to Iran Embassy in Moscow
All news