May 29, 2016
Forty seven Iranian nationals imprisoned in Kuwait under different names were transferred to Iran to serve the rest of their sentences in the country.
The handover took place under the terms of a bilateral agreement between the two countries.
Last February, Tehran and Kuwait City agreed to implement an extradition agreement signed years ago, in the presence of interior and justice ministries’ officials from the two sides.
The charges against the prisoners were not released to the public. However, in January, Kuwaitsentenced two Iranian nationals to death for spying for Iran and Hezbollah.
This makes up the largest number of convicts transferred to Iran at once after the victory of Islamic Revolution in 1979.
Kuwait and Iran have a strained relationship. In January, Kuwait pulled its envoy from Iran in solidarity with Saudi Arabia after the protests of Shia cleric Nimr Al-Nimr’s execution.
The prisoner extradition is a step toward cooperation between the two countries.