Kuwait imprisonment shows scant regard for rule of law
By Lord Carlile of Berriew, QC
The behaviour of the Saudi authorities towards the journalist Jamal Khashoggi is claimed as an unauthorised rogue incident by a country that asserts respect for international legal norms and requirements.
Unfortunately, issues of compliance with the rule of law in some Gulf states go beyond the Khashoggi murder.
I can attest to another alarming and current case. Albeit not on the scale of a brutal murder and, it seems, torture of a journalist, such cases provoke questions about the resolution of disputes involving such countries, indeed even the safety of making contracts in and with them.
Maria Lazareva, a Russian businesswoman, has operated on the international investment stage from Kuwait for years. She lives there, working with regional interests to finance significant
infrastructure projects, focused on developing countries. She has won respect for her business skills.