KUWAIT EXECUTES THREE MEN FOR MURDER – Kuwait, which operates a slightly unusual justice system, with the use of three laws, these being Islamic Sharia Law, English Common Law and the Ottoman Civil Code, has today executed three men, for three different murder offenses.
The execution was by hanging and a medical examiner was on hand to inspect the bodies and to confirm that each of those convicted of murder sentences were carried out in accordance with the law.
Kuwait, unlike other Arab states is not known for its frequent public executions. In fact this was the first time a person has been executed since 2007 and between 1964 to 2007 a total of 72 executions have been carried out; whereby three of these were women.
The three executions that took place were NOT public executions however in the tradition of Kuwait and its laws journalists were invited in order to see that justice was done; this follows the traditions of English Law whereby ‘Justice must not only be done, it must be seen to be done.’, which is why the UK Courts have public galleries.
Unlike other Arab states Kuwait only invokes the death penalty for a handful of offenses including drug trafficking, murder and high-treason. It is perceived in Kuwait, by both the public and its rulers that the death penalty is a useful deterrent for such crimes.
The three convicts were led blind-folded to a platform where they were afforded a last cigarette before the executioner place the noose around their necks and pulled the trap-door lever. Minutes later doctors examined the bodies to confirm their deaths.
While there are those who will undoubtedly condemn this as a barbaric act there are those who wish a similar system of justice was implemented in the UK. Debates have long raged in the House of Commons and the House of Lords due to public support of reinstating both Corporal and Capital Punishment. To date the UK Government has refused the people a referendum on the subject due to growing public sentiment that both should be reinstated.
The Governments continued opposition is a clear sign to many that democracy does not exist in the UK but rather a Liberal form or totalitarianism that has increasing damaged our justice system and the rule of law. Many also believe that it is this denial of a democratic vote that has plunged the UK to the depths of criminal degradation as the UK firmly holds onto the tops spot of having the highest level of violent crime in the whole of Europe.