The non-Kuwaiti beggar was held near a mosque in capital Kuwait City and remanded in custody.
"Servicemen were patrolling the area when they saw a man standing near a
mosque and begging for money, telling worshipers that he badly needed
cash and that he had no home," Khaleej time quoted security sources as
saying to Kuwaiti daily Al Rai.
"He was immediately arrested as
he was breaking the law and was taken to Al Ahmadi police station where
an investigation found that he had a bank account in a local bank worth
more than 500,000 Kuwaiti Dinar (over Rs 10 crore)," the sources added.
Kuwait, like fellow members of the Gulf Cooperation Council
(GCC) -- Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates
-- does not allow begging and has pledged zero-tolerance towards
begging for money, particularly during the month of Ramadan when people,
both locals and foreigners, have a stronger tendency to donate money
and to engage in acts of charity.