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Kuwaiti leader denies corruption claims

KUWAIT CITY — Kuwait’s prime minister hit back at allegations of corruption on Wednesday, a day after a leading opposition figure revealed documents he says prove huge sums of illicit financial transfers were made to senior officials, including judges.

Prime Minister Jaber Al-Mubarak was quoted by local newspapers as telling members of Parliament that Musallam al-Barrack’s documents are of no value and do not pass examination.

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Parliament speaker Marzouq al-Ghanim accused al-Barrack of slandering and insulting the country’s judiciary.

The dispute has further widened the gulf between senior officials close to the ruling family and secular and Islamist opposition members.

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