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Executions in Kuwait follow 'lawful, transparent' hearings - Jarallah
January 30, 2017, 8:40 am

Kuwait's Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah said Sunday recent executions took place following "lawful and transparent" court hearings.

"These executions have not violated Arab, regional or international human rights treaties," Al-Jarallah told reporters in reaction to criticism by some international organizations over the seven executions.

All defendants have lawyers and were granted full legal rights, Al-Jarallah said. He was speaking on sidelines of a reception held by the Australian embassy marking the country's national day.

He said court rulings were issued by an independent judicial authority. He added that courts held public hearings and judges granted defense lawyers for defendants.

On Wednesday, the central prison witnessed execution of death sentences against seven individuals who committed a number of heinous crimes, according to a statement by the public prosecution.

The individuals were of Bangladeshi, Filipino, Ethiopian, Egyptian, and Kuwaiti nationalities, said the statement, adding that the death sentences were approved by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

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