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The Amnesty In­ter­na­tional re­port on the death penalty re­cently re­vealed the num­ber of ex­e­cu­tions in the world con­tin­ued to de­cline with 993 re­ported cases in 2017, down 4 per­cent com­pared to 1,032 ex­e­cu­tions in 2016, re­ports Al-Qabas daily.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, seven ex­e­cu­tions were car­ried out in Kuwait; while the sen­tences of 17 per­sons were re­duced, two were ac­quit­ted.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port Kuwait, Bahrain, Jor­dan, and the UAE have re­sumed the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the death penalty af­ter a tem­po­rary halt; the last ex­e­cu­tion in the coun­tries was in 2013.

The re­port re­vealed the seven cases of the death penalty in Kuwait were 2 Kuwaitis and 5 for­eign­ers from Bangladesh, the Philip­pines, Ethiopia and Egypt, for mur­der, rob­bery, kid­nap­ping and rape, out of the 15 death sen­tences is­sued by the courts.

The num­ber of ex­e­cu­tions car­ried out in Iran in 2017 was 11 per­cent lower than in 2016. The death ver­dicts also de­creased in Saudi Ara­bia by 5 per­cent, in Pak­istan by 31 per­cent, while in Iraq it in­creased by 42 per­cent – 88 peo­ple were put to death in 2016 and 125 in 2017.

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