Kuwait Commutes Death Sentence of Alleged 'Hizbullah Operative'

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Kuwait's supreme court on Sunday reduced the death sentence of a Shiite citizen convicted of forming a pro-Iranian cell and of plotting attacks to life in prison.

Hasan Abdulhadi Ali was sentenced to death by the lower and appeals courts last year after he was convicted of being "the mastermind of a cell" of 26 Shiites accused of links to Iran and of plotting attacks in the Sunni-ruled emirate.

Members of the cell had been charged with spying for Iran and hiding large quantities of arms, explosives and ammunition in underground warehouses.

Ali was also found guilty of having been an operative of Lebanon's Hizbullah since 1996 and of smuggling significant amounts of arms and explosives from Iran into Kuwait.

The supreme court judges, whose rulings are final, sentenced 20 other members of the cell to between five and 15 years in jail and acquitted two.

The cases of the remaining three members were not taken up by the supreme court because they remain fugitives.  

They include the only Iranian member of the cell, Abdulredha Haider, who was handed the death penalty in absentia by the lower court in January last year.

The court had accused Haider of ties to Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard and of recruiting the Kuwaiti Shiites and facilitating their travel to Lebanon, where they received military training from Iran-backed Hizbullah.

The 23 defendants present at the trial have denied the charges and said that their confessions were extracted under torture.

Iran has denied any links to the group.

Around a third of Kuwait's native population of 1.35 million is Shiite.

Comments 7
Thumb galaxy 6 months

The court had accused Haider of ties to Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard and of recruiting the Kuwaiti Shiites and facilitating their travel to Lebanon, where they received military training from Iran-backed Hizbullah.

Every shia comes to Lebanon for terrorism training at the hands of Hezbollah and Abbas Ibrahim is completely 'unaware' of it and yet he keeps telling us he is fighting terrorism and obtaining confessions;)

Thumb Mystic 6 months

So we will see in Lebanon when Kuwaitis come here.
Give them the same welcome.

Thumb janoubi 6 months

you should be arrested and locked up for making public threats against Kuwaiti citizens.

Thumb Elemental 6 months

We'll see in Iran* when Kuwaiti's go there. Stop pretending to be something you're not.

Thumb Elemental 6 months

Iran and KSA included.

Thumb justin 6 months

southern, how is the new world order treating you?

Thumb warrior 6 months

but courts in your democratic Islamic Republic of Wilayat Al Faqih serve the purpose;)