June 18, 2017
Kuwait’s supreme court on Sunday reduced the death sentence of a 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 Kuwait.
Members of the cell had been charged with spying for Iran and hiding large quantities of arms, explosives and ammunition in underground warehouses.
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.
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 Hizbollah.
The 23 defendants present at the trial have denied the charges and said that their confessions were extracted under torture.