Human rights group criticises executions in Kuwait

Gulf state hangs two Egyptians for murder, abduction and rape; second set of executions in 2013
DEATH SENTENCE: Amnesty International has expressed new concern about the number of executions in Saudi Arabia.
By Reuters
Wed 19 Jun 2013 08:46 AM

Kuwait hanged two Egyptian men on Tuesday, one for murder and the other for abduction and rape, state news agency KUNA reported, in the second set of executions in the Gulf Arab state this year.

Ahmad al-Beili was sentenced to death for the premeditated murder of two people and Hajjaj al-Saeedi was found guilty of raping five children, KUNA said, adding that 29 people remain on Kuwait's death row.

In April, Kuwait hanged three men who had been convicted of murder in the first executions since 2007.

Human Rights Watch, which campaigns against the death penalty, had urged Kuwait on Monday to halt the executions.

"This new round of executions indicates that Kuwait is moving in exactly the wrong direction regarding the death penalty," Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at the rights group, said in a statement.

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