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Kuwait: ‘plot’ video tampered with

Kuwait PM says reports indicate 'parts of the audio recordings [on the videotape] had been removed'

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Kuwait's prime minister told MPs Tuesday videotapes allegedly showing former senior officials plotting a coup was "tampered with," parliament speaker Marzouk al-Ghanem said after a secret session, according to Agence France Presse.

Last week, the royal court called for calm over reports of the tapes, saying the matter was in the hands of the public prosecution.

According to local media, Sheikh Ahmad Fahad al-Sabah, a senior member of the Sabah family, was questioned by the public prosecutor for several hours over the tapes.

Ghanem, according to AFP, said Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Sabah had "showed reports by specialized foreign sides affirming without doubt that the audio recordings and the videotapes which they examined had been tampered with and do not represent genuine and reliable copies.”

The reports also indicate that "parts of the audio recordings [on the videotape] had been removed," the speaker said in a statement he read after the three-hour debate demanded by the prime minister and 15 MPs, the news agency reported.

Ghanem said the videotapes were shown to MPs during the secret session and that parts of them were unclear.

The government informed parliament that it would hand over all the tapes and related documents to the public prosecution, Ghanem said.

(With AFP)

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