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Kuwait executes seven prisoners, including royal

Kuwait executes seven prisoners, including royalKuwait says it has hanged seven prisoners, including a royal family member, in a mass execution.

The announcement was made on Wednesday in a statement on the state-run KUNA news agency.

It appeared to be the first time a member of the royal family has been put to death in Kuwait, where the emir has ultimate say over affairs of state.

Sheikh Faisal Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah was sentenced to death in 2010 for killing his nephew, another prince, according to Kuwaiti newspapers.

Al-Sabah's crime was "premeditated murder and possession of a firearm and ammunition without a license," KUNA added.

Another Kuwaiti man convicted of murder was also executed.

The other four men and one woman also hanged hailed from Bangladesh, Egypt, Ethiopia and the Philippines and were convicted of offences ranging from murder, attempted murder, kidnapping and rape.

In the Philippines, Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose earlier identified the Filipina hanged as Jakatia Pawa, who was convicted of killing her employer's daughter.

The last known executions to be carried out in Kuwait were in 2013, when a Pakistani, a Saudi and a "Bidoon" or man without citizenship in the emirate were hung.
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