June 27, 1991 |
Bowing to international pressure, Kuwait's crown prince said Wednesday that he has commuted the death sentences of all 29 people convicted of collaborating with the Iraqi occupation, the official news agency reported. Kuwaiti defense lawyers and human rights activists rejoiced at the news that the sentences have been reduced to life imprisonment.
June 23, 1991 |
Ignoring Western warnings that it may be violating the Geneva Conventions, Kuwait is quietly continuing to deport foreigners to Iraq, Western diplomats said Saturday. Since June 9, more than 400 unwanted residents have been bused to the no-man's-land on Kuwait's northern border and then marched into Safwan, Iraq, according to witnesses and diplomats. At least 200 have been deported within the past four days, they said.
June 20, 1991 |
The French and German governments and two human rights groups Wednesday joined U.N. Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar in urging Kuwait not to execute convicted wartime collaborators. But a senior Kuwaiti official dismissed growing international criticism of the martial-law trials as premature. The official said that the more than 200 verdicts, which include 21 death sentences, have yet to be reviewed by a special judicial panel, approved by the crown prince and sanctioned by the emir.
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June 14, 1991 |
The Kuwaiti ambassador to the United States on Thursday defended his country against charges that it has allowed widespread abuse of non-Kuwaiti residents, calling such accusations "politically motivated." Sheik Saud al Nasir al Sabah, in an interview before an evening address to the World Affairs Council of Orange County, acknowledged that Kuwait has undergone severe postwar trauma that spawned violence against those suspected of collaborating with the Iraqi invaders.
June 12, 1991 |
In an apparent violation of an international agreement it signed in March, Kuwait forcibly repatriated at least 36 Iraqi civilians on Tuesday. The internees, including 11 women and six children, were taken from an immigration detention center in Kuwait city where about 600 people are reportedly awaiting deportation. They were loaded onto two buses bound for the border town of Abdaly, where they were to be marched across the no-man's-land into Safwan, Iraq.
June 10, 1991 |
One day after a martial-law tribunal sentenced its first convicted wartime collaborator to death, the Kuwaiti government said Sunday that it will set up a panel to review all verdicts in the controversial trials. The announcement was reported without elaboration in a leading Kuwaiti newspaper, Al Fajr Al Jadid (New Dawn), which is operating under censorship and has cleaved closely to the government line.