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March 5, 1991
The whirlwind success of the ground operation in the Gulf has left behind a series of challenges and issues that will be addressed in coming days: REDEPLOYING PERSONNEL, EQUIPMENT A massive redeployment of the 539,000 U.S. troops in the region is now being planned. The Army hopes to have half its troops in the region out by mid-May.
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June 27, 1991 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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June 10, 1991 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
June 26, 1991 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kuwait will lift martial law today, ending four months of military rule and disbanding the controversial military tribunal that has been trying accused wartime collaborators, the minister of justice announced Tuesday. The move is an important symbolic step forward for Kuwait, which has been under military control since a U.S.-led coalition drove Iraqi troops from the emirate Feb. 26.
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June 11, 1991 | Associated Press
A martial-law court on Monday sentenced a 57-year-old Jordanian air-conditioning technician to 15 years in prison for possessing explosives. The court ordered Hossni Mahmoud Hassan deported after he completes the prison term. Hassan, who had worked in Kuwait since 1957, was caught at a checkpoint after Kuwait was recaptured from Iraq on Feb. 26, security officials said. They said he was transporting explosives in a bag on the front seat of his car.
NEWS
February 27, 1991 | From a Times Staff Writer
Once Iraqi forces are pushed out of the country, the restored Kuwaiti government plans to impose martial law for at least three months and perhaps as long as a year, according to detailed plans drawn up by the U.S. Army to guide American forces assisting Kuwaiti officials.
NEWS
March 6, 1991 | BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Emergency truck convoys are supplying food, water and medicine to this war-weary capital, but relief officials said restoring electricity will take 10 days or more. Retreating Iraqi troops damaged fuel cells at three of four plants that generate electricity and cut long sections from power lines across the country, a senior U.S. Army official told reporters Tuesday. "Transmission of power--that's the showstopper," said the official, who heads a 2,700-member U.S.
NEWS
March 1, 1991 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As a cessation of hostilities concluded Kuwait's seven-month ordeal of occupation, government officials here moved swiftly Thursday to control sporadic outbreaks of urban violence in a city where basic, day-to-day government has become another casualty of war. Two guards at the Palestine Liberation Organization embassy were shot by angry Kuwaitis, and gunfire rang out from a school and near a police station in a heavily Palestinian neighborhood of the Kuwaiti capital.
NEWS
June 20, 1991 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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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March 20, 1991 | BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kuwait's newly restored government has resigned after growing public anger at the failure to restore electricity, water and other basic services. Planning Minister Suleiman al Mutawa told reporters today that Crown Prince Saad al Abdullah al Sabah, the prime minister and martial law administrator, dissolved the Cabinet late Tuesday because of the "criticism of us." "I think it was quite apparent that all the people talked about the lack of services," Mutawa said.
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June 22, 1991
Kuwait's trials of alleged collaborators began in a mood of callous vindictiveness and have progressed to a stage of wanton excess. On Thursday, a martial law court in Kuwait city sentenced eight more people to death by hanging on charges of cooperating with Iraqi occupation forces. That brought to 29 the number of death sentences imposed since the trials began May 19. Almost all of the 200 or so people being held for trial are foreigners--Jordanians, Palestinians, Iraqis or stateless Arabs.
NEWS
June 20, 1991 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
June 11, 1991 | Associated Press
A martial-law court on Monday sentenced a 57-year-old Jordanian air-conditioning technician to 15 years in prison for possessing explosives. The court ordered Hossni Mahmoud Hassan deported after he completes the prison term. Hassan, who had worked in Kuwait since 1957, was caught at a checkpoint after Kuwait was recaptured from Iraq on Feb. 26, security officials said. They said he was transporting explosives in a bag on the front seat of his car.
NEWS
June 10, 1991 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
June 9, 1991 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The coalition that liberated Kuwait now expects the emirate to champion justice and fairness and to end human rights abuses, the U.S. ambassador to Kuwait said Saturday. "Clearly, those individuals who broke Kuwaiti laws and were parties to Iraqi criminal actions should be prosecuted fairly and fully under the law," said Ambassador Edward W. (Skip) Gnehm Jr. "But the innocent should not become new victims."
NEWS
May 28, 1991 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kuwait's government extended military rule for 30 days on Monday, one day after its crown prince denounced continuing human rights abuses, including abduction and torture by well-armed vigilantes. Kuwait's emir, Sheik Jabbar al Ahmed al Sabah, quietly extended the martial law decree that has governed Kuwaitis since allied forces liberated their nation three months ago.
NEWS
June 27, 1991 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
June 9, 1991 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The coalition that liberated Kuwait now expects the emirate to champion justice and fairness and to end human rights abuses, the U.S. ambassador to Kuwait said Saturday. "Clearly, those individuals who broke Kuwaiti laws and were parties to Iraqi criminal actions should be prosecuted fairly and fully under the law," said Ambassador Edward W. (Skip) Gnehm Jr. "But the innocent should not become new victims."
NEWS
March 20, 1991 | BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kuwait's newly restored government has resigned after growing public anger at the failure to restore electricity, water and other basic services. Planning Minister Suleiman al Mutawa told reporters today that Crown Prince Saad al Abdullah al Sabah, the prime minister and martial law administrator, dissolved the Cabinet late Tuesday because of the "criticism of us." "I think it was quite apparent that all the people talked about the lack of services," Mutawa said.
NEWS
March 17, 1991 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Electricity and water service will likely be delayed for another three weeks to much of Kuwait, government officials said Saturday, raising the tension in an already taut capital on the eve of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. As the country prepared today for Islam's traditional period of fasting, celebration and renewal, frustrations over the lack of any basic services since the liberation of Kuwait continued to worsen the uncertain political climate.
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