SWIFT JUSTICE IN KUWAIT SEES TWO MORE MURDERERS SWING FROM THE GALLOWS – The Middle Eastern countries, such as Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, have often been admonished by the West for carrying out the death penalty in a swift and calculated manner.
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While many States within the U.S still impose the death penalty most of those convicted and sentenced to such a fate spend years, if not decades, waiting for the day they will be dispatched.
Yesterday two Egyptians, Ahmad Abdulsalam al-Baili and Hajjaj Saadi were swiftly executed by hanging for murder and rape.
The gallows was a make-shift affair in the prison car park where both men were led under armed guard, blind folded, had a noose placed around their necks and within minutes pronounced dead by the prison doctor.
Hajjaj Saadi was convicted of abducting and raping no less than 18 young children while Ahmad Abdulsalam al-Baili was convicted of murdering an Asian couple.
Once again a number of international human rights groups called on Kuwait officials to commute their sentences to that of life imprisonment; however Kuwait officials decided that both their crimes where not only heinous in nature it was the public who supported the death penalty in such cases and therefore declined to commute their sentences.
At 8:00am both men where led out under guard and in accordance with the laws of Kuwait were duly executed.
Saadi was actually arrested in July 2007 and confessed to the crimes of rape but later retracted his confession saying that it was obtained under duress and complained that no consular assistance by the Egyptian authorities was provided.
Baili was convicted of murdering two Asians in April 2008 where he confessed to pouring fuel into the apartment of the couple and setting it on fire.
Kuwait, despite its hard-line regime, has only recently reinstated the death penalty after a six year moratorium.
While there remains clear evidence that the death penalty is not a deterrent there are those advocates that believe that murderers and rapists should not be afforded the luxury of life imprisonment at the heft cost to the taxpayer.
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