Execution of convicted murderers broadcast live in Kuwait
DUBAI, April 1 - RAPSI, Margarita Kislova. The Kuwaiti authorities approved the live broadcast of Monday's execution of two Kuwaitis and one Pakistani national who were convicted of murder, KUNA state news agency reported.
Equipment was set up in the Central Prison to broadcast the hanging of the three men this morning. The authorities had invited journalists and cameramen from several local television channels to cover the executions.
The executions were also attended by the Prosecutor General and representatives of the Kuwaiti Interior Ministry and Justice Ministry. The authorities believe that the broadcast will "make people think about the inevitability of punishment for crimes and therefore help lower the crime rate."
Kuwaiti and international human rights organizations have denounced the live transmission of the execution and have demanded that the practice be terminated. The last case where the death penalty was carried out in Kuwait was in 2007 when a Pakistani man was executed for drug trafficking, according to Amnesty International.