Kuwait / by Lewis McKinnon

The Kuwaiti Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence for the main perpetrator of the Islamic State bomb (IS) attack on a Shiite mosque that killed 26 people in June 2015. Three Kuwaiti royals were sentenced to five years each in prison for insulting the emir and the judiciary via social media. Yemen’s disputed president, Abd-Rabbu Mansur Hadi, agreed to resume Kuwaiti held peace talks on the Yemeni conflict on 21 May. The Kuwaiti Minister for Social Affairs and Labour, Hind Al-Subaih, announced that Kuwait’s participation in the International Labour Organisation Conference from 29 May to 10 June exemplifies the importance of labour rights in Kuwait. A $420 million support package from the United States (US) was provided to Kuwait for its fleet of Boeing F/A-18C/D Hornet fighter aircraft. A man was arrested and removed from a Kuwait Airways flight bound for Amman on 22 May after claiming to be a member of IS and planting a bomb on the plane. Kuwait’s Interior Ministry announced on 29 May the exchange of 47 Iranian prisoners to correctional facilities in Iran. Kuwait security forces arrested 47 people at Kuwait International Airport during a security inspection campaign at the airport. The Kuwaiti government denied allegations of sending 320 elite soldiers to Gambia to ensure the security of Gambian president Yaya Jammeh. The Managing Director of the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, Wafaa Al-Zaabi, announced during the opening of an oil sector conference in Kuwait that $110.4 billion will be allocated to help the country’s oil sector in the next five years. The Kuwaiti government awarded the KWD 1.3 billion project to construct a new airport terminal at Kuwait International Airport to Turkey’s Limak Group and Kuwait’s Kharafi National. The sale of the majority stake in Kuwait Food Co. (Americana) to a gulf based consortium, worth $2.15 billion, fell through.