ABSENTEEISM: Kuwaiti Doctor Bags 5 years Jail Term

A Kuwaiti doctor at a government-run hospital, who got his salaries monthly for 15 years despite skipping work, has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Kuwait’s Criminal Court has also ordered the physician to pay back the unlawful salaries and fined him their double with the total amounting to KD1 million ($3.2 million ), Al Qabas newspaper reported.

The doctor was tried in absentia.

The court said the case documents had shown that the defendant had stayed away from his work for 15 years at the hospital run by the Ministry of Health and still got paid monthly.

Neither the age nor the name of the doctor was given.

In his inaugural address in December, Kuwait’s Emir Mishal Al Ahmad vowed to combat corruption.

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