September 17, 2015

Kuwait: Commute Hassan Abdulhadi Ali al-Hajiya and Abdulredha Haydar Dahqani’s Death Sentences (UA 199/15)

A Kuwaiti appeal court issued its verdict on 21 July in the “Abdali Cell” case. It upheld a life sentence, a five-year prison sentence and a death sentence against individuals convicted of charges including "spying for Iran and Hizbullah”. Nine defendants were acquitted and other sentences were reduced to shorter prison terms and fines.
1) Please write immediately in Arabic, English or your own language:
  • Calling on the Kuwaiti authorities to commute the death sentences imposed on Hassan Abdulhadi Ali al-Hajiya and Abdulredha Haydar Dahqani immediately; 
  • Expressing concern that the trial was unfair as “confessions” or other statements obtained by torture and other ill-treatment or coercion were used as evidence in court and calling for those convicted and imprisoned to be retried in line with internationally recognized standards for fair trials, in proceedings that exclude torture-tainted evidence and without recourse to the death penalty;
  • Calling on the authorities to order an impartial and independent investigation, including forensic medical examinations that are in line with international standards, into all the allegations of torture in this case, and bring those responsible to justice.
2) For the full Urgent Action, including appeal addresses and further information, please click on the Word or PDF version below.
3) Please let us know if you took action so that we can track our impact! 
  • EITHER send a short email to [email protected] with "UA 199/15" in the subject line, and include in the body of the email the number of letters and/or emails you sent;
  • OR fill out this short online form to let us know how you took action.