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Kuwait to hang five more inmates at Central Prison

49 inmates on death row, 44 still awaiting Court of Cassation decision

  • By Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief
  • Published: 13:58 April 4, 2013
  • Gulf News

Manama: Kuwait’s Central Prison is getting ready to execute five more people within days, a report in Kuwait City said.

“Instructions have been given to the Central Prison to prepare for the hanging of five inmates sentenced to death,” sources told local Arabic daily Al Jareeda.

The sources that the newspaper did not specify the nationalities of the detainees to be executed.

Kuwait on Monday carried out three executions following a hiatus since May 2007.

A Saudi, a Pakistani and a Kuwait resident without a nationality (bidoon) were hanged inside the Central Prison for murder,in the presence of officials.

Journalists were also allowed to witness the executions.

The sources said 49 inmates were on the death row, but added that 44 were still awaiting the decision of the Court of Cassation, the highest court in the country that could oversee their cases, Al Jareeda reported on Thursday.

Execution rulings have to be endorsed by the Emir before they are carried out.

Kuwaitis have seemingly brushed aside a statement by Amnesty International slamming their country for the executions and claiming that they marked “a real setback in a region where many countries show a shocking disregard for the right to life”.

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