Kuwait hangs seven prisoners, including two women since 2017

Kuwait hangs seven prisoners, including two women since 2017

Kuwait hangs seven prisoners, including two women since 2017

Kuwait hangs seven prisoners in a mass execution on Wednesday. The executions are the first since January 25, 2017, when the oil-rich Gulf country also hanged a group of seven people, including one member of the royal family.

The executions took place at Kuwait’s Central Prison; it is not known what method was used. One Ethiopian woman and one Kuwaiti woman were among those hanged, along with three Kuwaiti men, a Syrian and a Pakistani, a statement said.

One of the Kuwaiti men committed two murders and possessed unlicensed firearms and ammunition; a second Kuwaiti man possessed guns and ammunition without permits, drank alcohol in public and drove after drinking, as per statement. The other Kuwaiti was convicted of premeditated murder and using unlicensed firearms. The female Kuwaiti was executed for an unspecified premeditated crime. The Syrian man took hostages and killed a person; the Pakistani man was convicted of intentional killing and committing adultery and the Ethiopian woman was convicted of intentional killing.

Prominent rights organisation Amnesty International called on Tuesday for the executions to be halted, saying they were a “violation of the right to life and the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment” and that Kuwait should abolish the death penalty “entirely”.