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Further information on UA 180/93 (MDE 17/02/93, 4 June) - Kuwait: fear of death penalty / fear of torture: Ra'ad 'Abd al- Amir 'Abbud al-Asadi, Wali 'Abd al-Hadi 'Abd al-Hassan al-Ghazali, Salem Nasser Subaih Rumi al-Shummari, Bandar 'Ujail Jaber al-Shumm

, رقم الوثيقة: MDE 17/004/1993

On 5 June 1993, at the opening session of the trial of the above-named men charged with plotting to assassinate the former US president George Bush, the prosecution asked for the death penalty. AI is concerned that the men be given a fair trial and is calling on the authorities no to impose the death penalty.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: MDE 17/04/93
Distr: UA/SC
10 June 1993
Further information on UA 180/93 (MDE 17/02/93, 4 June 1993) - Fear of Death
Penalty/Fear of Torture and new concern legal concern
KUWAIT:Ra'ad 'Abd al-Amir 'Abbud al-Asadi: Iraqi, aged 33
Wali 'Abd al-Hadi 'Abd al-Hassan al-Ghazali: Iraqi, aged 36
Salem Nasser Subaih Rumi al-Shummari: Iraqi, aged 34
Bandar 'Ujail Jaber al-Shummari: Iraqi, aged 24
'Adel Isma'il 'Issa al-'Utaibi: Iraq, aged 44
Hadi 'Odeh Harjan al-Shummari: Iraqi, aged 42
'Ali Khdair Bday 'Abed al-Majidi: Iraqi, aged 65
Jabbar Nasser 'Inad: Iraqi, aged 43
Daydan 'Atiyya al-Khalidi: Iraqi, aged 38
Jabbar Habib Muhammad al-Kan'ani: Iraqi, aged 56
Badr Jiyad Thamer Mutlaq al-Shummari: Kuwaiti, aged 30
Ahmad Jabbar Habib Muhammad al-Kan'ani: Iraqi, aged 21
Nasser 'Abd al-Ridha Hussain al-Mil: Kuwaiti, aged 43
Salem Jiyad Thamer Mutlaq al-Shummari: Kuwaiti, aged 22
On 5 June 1993, at the opening session of the trial before the State Security Court
of the above 14 men charged with involvement in an alleged plot to assassinate the
former United States president George Bush, the prosecution asked for the death penalty
to be imposed. If convicted, 12 of the defendants accused of plotting the assassination
or for acting as accomplices could be sentenced to death.
The Kuwaiti authorities have stated that the defendants were acting on behalf of
the Iraqi government. According to reports received by Amnesty International, one
of the defendants, Wali 'Abd al-Hadi al-Ghazali, stated that he had been commissioned
by Iraq to carry out the assassination; another defendant, Ra'ad 'Abd al-Amir al-Asadi,
stated that he had had contacts with Iraqi intelligence but denied knowledge of an
assassination plot.
The 14 defendants are being represented by seven Kuwaiti lawyers, all appointed by
the court. Following the statements made by the two above-mentioned defendants,
one of the defence lawyers intervened by requesting that these statements be struck
from the court records. He stated that they were not admissible evidence since none
of the defendants had been allowed access to their lawyers before the trial. At
that point, a half-hour recess was granted by the court to allow the defendants to
consult with their lawyers. At the end of the afternoon session, the trial was
adjourned until 26 June 1993. The trial is expected to last some two months.
Amnesty International opposes the death penalty in all cases as a violation of the
right to life, and the right not to be subjected to cruel, inhuman and degrading
treatment or punishment, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express and airmail letters
in English or your own language:
- urging that the defendants receive a fair trial in accordance with international
standards;
- asking for assurances that the defendants are humanely treated and protected from
any form of ill-treatment while in custody;
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- requesting that defendants are given prompt and regular access to defence counsel
and relatives;
- reiterating Amnesty International's unconditional opposition to the death penalty;
- appealing for the commutation of any death sentences which may be imposed by the
State Security Court in these cases.
APPEALS TO
1) His Highness Shaikh Sa'ad al-'Abdallah al-Sabah
Crown Prince and Prime Minister
Al-Diwan al-Amiri Salutation: Your Highness
Al-Safat
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Telegrams: His Highness Shaikh Sa'ad al-'Abdallah al-Sabah, Kuwait City, Kuwait
Faxes: + 965 243 0121
2) His Excellency Mshari al-'Anjari
Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs
Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs
P O Box 6 Salutation: Your Excellency
Al-Safat
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Telegrams: His Excellency Mshari al'Anjari, Kuwait City, Kuwait
Faxes: +965 246 6957
3) Mr Muhammad 'Abd al-Hay al-Bannay
Public Prosecutor
Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs Salutation: Dear Sir
P O Box 6
Al-Safat
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Telegrams: Mr Muhammad 'Abd al-Hay al-Bannay, Ministry of Justice, Kuwait City,
Kuwait
Faxes: + 965 246 6957
4) Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad al-Fahed
International Organizations Liaison Office Salutation: Dear Lieutenant
Ministry of Interior Colonel
Al-Safat
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Telegrams: Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad al-Fahed, Ministry of Interior, Kuwait
City, Kuwait
Faxes: + 965 257 0880
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
1) Local human rights groups:
(a) Kuwait Association for the Defence
of War Victims
P O Box 2211, Al-Salmiyya 22023
Kuwait
Faxes: +965 5332233
(b) Committee for the Defence of Human
Rights
The National Assembly (Parliament)
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Faxes: +965 2416538
2) Newspaper:
Al-Qabas
P O Box 21800
Kuwait City 13078, Kuwait
Faxes: +965 4834355
and to diplomatic representatives of Kuwait accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat, or your
section office, if sending appeals after 22 July 1993.

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