EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: MDE 17/08/94
21 July 1994
Further information on UA 165/93 (MDE 17/01/93, 19 May 1993) - Death Penalty
KUWAITSiham Ibrahim Hussain 'Ali (female) (Kuwaiti)
Khalifa al-Tannak (note full name)
Ghaleb 'Abd al-Majid al-Turki, (Iraqi)
Muhsin Shawkat Taher Hussain (Iraqi)
Siham Ibrahim Hussain 'Ali a Kuwaiti woman, sentenced to death by the State
Security Court on charges of "collaboration" with the Iraqi forces during the
occupation of Kuwait, had her death sentence reduced to 10 years' imprisonment
by the Court of Cassation on 27 June 1994.
Khalifa al-Tannak, sentenced to death in 1992, had his sentence reduced to
10 years' imprisonment on 2 March 1994.
Ghaleb 'Abd al-Majid al-Turki, an Iraqi national sentenced to death before
the State Security Court, had his sentence reduced by the Court of Cassation
to six months' imprisonment on 16 November 1993.
It is believed that Muhsin Shawkat Taher Hussain, sentenced to death on 23
May 1992, is still awaiting a hearing before the Court of Cassation.
Amnesty International has condemned State Security Court proceedings as unfair,
on the grounds that they do not meet internationally accepted standards for
fair trial. The organization has called for a judicial review of the cases
of all defendants convicted before the court. Six people sentenced to death
on charges of "collaboration" still await hearings before the Court of
Cassation, and six others, who were sentenced to death having been convicted
of participating in an alleged assassination attempt on former United States
president, George Bush, during a visit to Kuwait in April 1993, are also awaiting
hearings in the Court of Cassation. Two others sentenced to death before the
Criminal Court remain in detention. One, Muhammad 'Ali Qalaib al-Rashidi, has
had his sentence upheld by the Court of Cassation, and may face the death penalty,
if it is ratified by the Amir of Kuwait, the other, Muhammad Najib, awaits
This is for information only. No further action by the Urgent Action Network
is requested. Thank you to all who sent appeals on these cases in 1993.