Kuwait executes three for murder

Executions are the first in the Gulf state since 2007
Kuwait executes three for murder
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By Courtney Trenwith
Mon 01 Apr 2013 12:59 PM

Kuwait has executed three people on Monday, ending a six-year moratorium on capital punishment.

State media agency KUNA confirmed the executions were carried out at central prison for three people found guilty of murder.

Other reports suggest the executed were a Saudi man who killed his friend, a Pakistani who killed a Kuwaiti couple and a stateless Arab, or 'bidoon', who murdered his wife and children.

The executions are the first since 2007 when three Kuwaitis and an Indian convicted of murder and a Pakistani found guilty of drug trafficking were hanged in what was the largest number of executions in a single day in 16 years.

While a “small number” of death sentences have been handed down in the past six years, none were carried out, according to Capital Punishment UK, which tracks executions worldwide.

The organisation said Kuwait carried out 72 executions, including 69 men and three women, between April 1964 and May 2007. The country used a form of death by hanging.

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