Kuwaiti ‘Injustice’ Decried as US Businesswoman Marsha Lazareva Sentenced to 22 Years Hard Labour
Jan. 22, 2020
The ruling has been slammed by members of the international community after a leading businesswoman in the Middle East was sentenced to additional jail time, in a case widely seen as an impetus to change partnerships with countries “violating human rights”.
Concerns over Marsha Lazareva, former CEO of KGL Investment Company, have been raised after a Kuwaiti court handed the businesswoman a further 7-year sentence over alleged embezzlements of funds connected to the Port Fund, whose investors include the Kuwait Ports Authority and Kuwait Public Institution for Social Security.
The Russian national was accused of billing for unperformed work and ordered along with co-defendant, Saeed Dashti, to return 11m Kuwaiti dinars (£27.7m) to the Kuwaiti Ports Authority, including a 22m KWD (£55.4m) fine.
But Ms Lazareva and her defence teams, Omnia Strategy LLP and Crowell & Moring LLP, were not informed of the hearing which tried her in absentia.
The news comes roughly three months after courts handed her a 15 year sentence of hard labour via a separate trial, bringing her total sentencing to 22 years.