The Kuwaiti Foreign Minister confirmed, Thursday, that his country categorically rejects interference in its internal affairs, after his country’s implementation, on Wednesday, of the execution of seven people convicted of murder and other crimes, sparked criticism from the European Commission, which announced that the European Union had summoned Kuwait’s ambassador.
added, In a press conference carried by the official news agencyKuwait is a democratic country, and we are proud of that, and we are proud of our system and the separation of powers in the country. We have no right, as a government or an individual, to interfere in the work of the judicial authority, let alone external parties.
He stressed that “the decisions of our judiciary are independent without any complete interference from inside or outside Kuwait.”
The execution, on Wednesday, was the first of its kind since 2017.
The Kuwaiti Public Prosecution said in a statement on Twitter that the execution was carried out against three Kuwaitis, a Kuwaiti, a Syrian, a Pakistani and an Ethiopian, in the central prison.
In a post on Twitter, Margaritas Schinas, Vice President of the European Commission, said on Wednesday, “It is unfortunate that despite raising this yesterday and receiving assurances to the contrary, Kuwait went ahead and carried out seven executions today.”
Skinas added that the European Union strongly opposes the death penalty and that its diplomatic apparatus summoned Kuwait’s ambassador to Brussels.
He added that the executions will be raised during the discussions regarding the European Commission’s proposal to include Kuwait on the list of countries whose citizens enter without visas.
Today, the Kuwaiti Foreign Minister said, “We hope that the European countries will not politicize the issue of exempting the State of Kuwait from the Schengen visa. This issue is not an end in itself, but rather a means and its ultimate goal to develop relations between the State of Kuwait and European countries.”
In its statement, Wednesday, the Public Prosecution said that the convicts “violated heavenly and human laws by committing the most severe crime, which is murder.”
And the statement added, “So it was right, honest and just that they were taken to the most severe punishment by executing them as a recompense as a deterrent to them and as a deterrent to others.”
In parliament, a number of members of the National Assembly rejected the statements of European officials, considering it “blatant interference in Kuwait’s internal affairs.”
The deputies said, according to what was reported by the newspaper.socket“The executions were carried out against those convicted of various crimes, after they had a fair trial at various levels of litigation, and we do not accept bargaining by rejecting the Schengen exemption procedures, as Kuwait’s sovereignty is above all considerations.”
And in 2017, Kuwait executed a prince from the ruling Al-Sabah family for convicting him of premeditated murder, along with six other prisoners, in what appears to be the first execution of a member of the ruling family.
These executions were the first since 2013.