x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Kuwait hangs 'monster' child rapist

Kuwait hanged a 33-year-old Egyptian man dubbed a "monster" for the abduction and rape of 17 children under the age of 10, the public prosecution said.

KUWAIT CITY // Kuwait hanged a 33-year-old Egyptian man dubbed a "monster" for the abduction and rape of 17 children under the age of 10, the public prosecution said.

Hajjaj Saadi, who was handed five death sentences, complained shortly before his execution that he had not been given any assistance by the Egyptian government, a witness said.

Saadi denied in court that he had committed any of the crimes, which shocked the Kuwaiti public, and insisted his confessions were extracted under duress.

Arrested in July 2007 as he prepared to board a flight to Luxor in Egypt, he became known as "the Hawalli monster" for the district near Kuwait City where the crimes took place.

The authorities said Saadi had confessed to raping 17 boys and girls after luring them onto rooftops in Hawalli, an area mainly inhabited by foreigners 12 kilometres south of the capital.

Another Egyptian man was executed at the same time after he was found guilty of killing an Asian couple by setting their home ablaze and attempting to murder another couple from Egypt in the same way, said the prosecution.

Ahmad Abdulsalam Al Baili poured an inflammable material in the apartment of the Asian pair and set it on fire in April 2008, causing their deaths, the prosecution said.

Later he tried to kill an Egyptian couple the same way. They survived despite suffering injuries.

The hangings were the second set of executions in Kuwait since it reintroduced the death penalty following a six-year moratorium.

In April, Kuwaiti authorities executed a Saudi, a Pakistani and a stateless Arab who were convicted of murder.