Kuwait up­holds death sen­tence for ring­leader of mosque blast


KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait’s supreme court on Mon­day up­held the death sen­tence handed down to the main con­vict in the Daesh group bomb­ing of a Shi­ite mosque that killed 26 peo­ple.

The court con­firmed the sen­tence of cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment passed on Ab­dul­rah­man Sabah Saud, a state­less man who drove the Saudi suicide bomber to the mosque in June last year.

The court also up­held jail terms of be­tween two and 15 years for eight peo­ple, in­clud­ing four women, and ac­quit­ted 15 oth­ers in­clud­ing three women.

The court did not hear the ap­peals of five oth­ers — four Saudis and a state­less man — who had been sen­tenced to death in ab­sen­tia by a lower court.

Un­der Kuwaiti law, sen­tences is­sued in ab­sen­tia are not re­viewed by higher courts un­til those con­victed ap­pear in per­son.

The four Saudi men still at large in­clude two broth­ers who smug­gled the ex­plo­sives belt used in the at­tack into Kuwait from neigh­bor­ing Saudi Ara­bia. The fifth man is a state­less Arab.

Twenty- nine de­fen­dants, in­clud­ing seven women, had been charged with help­ing the Saudi suicide bomber at­tack a Shi­ite mosque in the cap­i­tal, which was the blood­i­est in Kuwait’s history.

A Daesh-af­fil­i­ated group call­ing it­self Najd Prov­ince claimed the bomb­ing as well as suicide at­tacks on two Shi­ite mosques in Saudi Ara­bia in May last year.

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