Kuwait executes seven prisoners, including a member of ruling family

Kuwait executes seven prisoners, including a member of ruling family

Seven people, among them a member of the ruling al-Sabah family, were hanged on Wednesday in Kuwait's first executions in nearly four years, according to agency's report.

Kuwait has executed a member of the ruling family in the first such case in the history of the Persian Gulf country.

Sheikh Faisal, a captain in the Kuwaiti army, was sentenced to death in October 2011 for the premeditated murder of his nephew, as well as the illegal possession of a firearm, AP reported.

Authorities also hanged a woman, who had burned dozens of people to death during a wedding party, along five other people earlier in the day.

The blaze killed more than 50 people.

It was an apparent act of revenge against her husband for taking a second wife.

KUNA said the Filipino and Ethiopian convicts, both of them female, had committed murder against members of their employers' families.

The six men and one woman were executed by hanging, the statement said.

In a separate interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Pawa said the execution came as a shock as they were hoping that his sister would be home soon.

The last known executions to be carried out in Kuwait were in 2013, when a Pakistani, a Saudi and a Bidoon in the emirate were hung.