Saudi Arabia: Killings of Kuwaiti Sunni nationals in Saudi Arabia (possibly at Mecca) in or around September 1989
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 July 1990|
|Citation / Document Symbol||SAU6355|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Saudi Arabia: Killings of Kuwaiti Sunni nationals in Saudi Arabia (possibly at Mecca) in or around September 1989, 1 July 1990, SAU6355, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6aba684.html [accessed 11 December 2013]|
There is no information currently available to the IRBDC on the killings of Kuwaiti sunni nationals in Saudi Arabia in September 1989. It is likely you refer to the execution of 16 Shiite Kuwaitis who allegedly confessed to having bombed the Holy Mosque in Mecca on 10 July 1989. One person died in the bombing and 16 persons were injured. (FBIS, 22 September 1989) The accused reportedly accused Iran of being behind the bombings, (Facts on File, 753) although this was denied by Iran. (FBIS, 25 September 1989) The government of Kuwait supported the death sentences which were carried out on 21 September 1989. (FBIS, 28 September; Facts on File, 753)
A summary of the incidents and the subsequent detention of the Imam of the Imam Ali Mosque can be found in the attached Amnesty International Urgent Action.
"Shiites Confess to 10 July Mecca Bombings", FBIS-NES-89-183, 22 September 1989, p. 25.
"Iran Embassy Denies Links With Mecca Blasts", IRNA [Tehran], 23 September 1989 in FBIS-NES-89-184, 25 September 1989, p. 19.
"Government Supports Sentences on Mosque Bombers", Riyadh Domestic Service [in Arabic], 27 September 1989 in FBIS-NES-89-187, 28 September 1989, p. 21.
"16 Kuwaitis Beheaded for Mecca Bombs", Facts on File, 6 October 1989, p. 753.
Amnesty International, Urgent Action, (AI Index: MDE 17/01/89), 17 November 1989.