Bloggers demand death penalty for driver who killed Egyptian teenager minutes after he arrived in Kuwait

September 11, 2010

Kuwaitis are calling for the death penalty or heavy prison term for the driver who killed an Egyptian teenager minutes after arriving in Kuwait to celebrate Eid with his father.

The 15-year-old boy was picked up at the airport by his father alongside his mother and his 11-year-old brother at the dawn of the first day of Eid.

However, the promisingly joyful family reunion turned into tragedy when the father pulled out of the airport and was badly hit by a swerving car allegedly recklessly driven by young men enjoying a late night ride.

According to a security source, quoted by Al Aan news portal, the father had waited patiently at an intersection for the recklessly driven car to pass so that he could drive home. However, the car swerved and hit the Egyptian family, causing the death of one boy and serious injuries to the mother and her younger son.

“The only deterrent to such horrible incidents is the death penalty because this is premeditated murder,” Abu Adhbi, a blogger, wrote. “The government has to set an example to all those who drive recklessly and put people’s lives at risk.”

For Abu Adel, killing other people is not a game. “There has to be the death penalty to put an end to this behavior,” he said. “We pray for the poor family.”

However, Shaqhan, another blogger, said that he was sure the alleged killer or killers would be allowed to go home without charges because of the role of lawmakers who would intervene on his or their behalf.

“In the 1960s and 1970s, we never had such problems, but now with members of parliament getting involved in several cases, we have some recklessness that has afflicted the people of Kuwait,” he wrote.

Writing under the pseudonym of Kuwaiti Bedouin, a blogger said that “several illnesses in Kuwait were caused by frivolous people who, when they are caught, are rescued by people who are more frivolous than them.”



About the author

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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