Kuwaiti prince fatally shot by uncle over car business argument

June 18, 2010

Shaikh Basel

A Kuwaiti prince has been fatally shot allegedly by his uncle, reports have said.

In a brief statement, the Kuwaiti ruler’s court late on Thursday evening said that it was “mourning the demise of Shaikh Basel Salem Sabah Al Salem Al Sabah, who passed away at the age of 52.” The court said that Shaikh Basel will be buried on Saturday at 9 am.

No statement was issued by the interior ministry about the death, but reports said that Shaikh Basel was allegedly shot several times by an uncle at his weekly diwaniya after the two had an argument over cars.

According to one version, the two princes were sitting in the diwaniya together with other people, when the alleged killer told his nephew that he wanted to speak with him in private.

The two princes left the main room and, seconds later, the diwaniya guests heard shots. Upon entering the room, they found Shaikh Basil wounded and promptly took him to the hospital where he was declared dead. Medical staff said that the prince had been shot several times from a close range, according to reports. The police held the killer and started an investigation into the case.

Shaikh Basel is the grandson of Kuwait’s 12th Emir, Shaikh Sabah Al Salim Al Sabah who ruled from November 24, 1965 until December 31, 1977, and the eldest son of Shaikh Salem Sabah Al Salim Al Sabah and Shaikha Badriya Abdullah Al Jaber Al Sabah.

His father was Kuwait’s ambassador to the US, Canada and Venezuela from 1970 until 1975. He then held the portfolios of social affairs and labour, the interior, defence and foreign affairs until 2001 when he gave up political work because of his health condition.

Kuwaitis commenting on the death expressed shock and praised the merits of the victim as a generous and selfless person who shunned the limelight and helped people discreetly.


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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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