Marsha Lazareva, a US-educated, Russian-born businesswoman and her 5-year-old son, a US citizen, have been kept prisoner in Kuwait for more than a year on dubious charges. The mystery is: Why?
Lazareva, the CEO of KGL Investment in Kuwait, was arrested in November 2017 on charges of wasting public funds and embezzlement, sentenced to 10 years of hard labor and ordered to pay a $72 million fine. But her conviction was bogus — and later overturned. Indeed, the sole witness presenting evidence against her, a Kuwaiti government auditor, was later found guilty of forging the very documents used to condemn her.
After serving 470 days behind bars, Lazareva was freed last May on bail. Trouble is, she still can’t leave the country. The verdict in the case is expected in November.