This story announcing the execution is a few months old, from January 2017.
In 2012 the Vatican Insider reported that multiple Arab news channels claimed that Kuwaiti prince Abdullah al-Sabah had converted to Christianity. Kuwaiti prince Azbi al-Sabah denied that anyone with the name Abdullah al-Sabah belonged to the royal family.
However, in January 2017 a prince with a similar name Abdullah al-Sabah (the name prince Azbi al-Sabah claims didn’t exist in the royal family) was executed in Kuwait, for “killing his nephew”. Royal families tend to not execute male family members no matter who they kill. Women are an exception. They usually put them in house arrest for sometime.
The story could also be unrelated since many royal family members carry similar names and they often use aliases in public reports.
You can read copies of both stories below.
“Kuwait: The prince’s mysterious conversion,”
by Marco Tosatti for Vatican Insider, January 16, 2012
According to reports, a Kuwaiti royal prince has become a follower of Jesus Christ. In an audio file posted with his name, he affirms that if he is killed because of a recording he made where he talks about his conversion, he firmly believes that he will meet Jesus Christ face-to-face. The news comes from Middle Eastern sources which state that al-Haqiqa — a Christian satellite TV channel in Arabic that transmits Christian religious programmes — broadcast an audio file attributed to the Kuwaiti prince, identified as Abdullah al-Sabah. The al-Sabahs are the royal family of Kuwait, a country rich in oil. The name Abdullah (servant of God) frequently appears in the Emir’s family tree.
In his audio file, Abdullah declared: “First of all, I fully agree with the distribution of this audio file and I now declare that if they kill me because of it, then I will appear before Jesus Christ and be with him for all eternity.” In this statement, the prince demonstrates his awareness of the fate in store for a martyr of the faith, according to Christian doctrine. The television channel stated that Abdullah is a member of the royal family, and that he recently renounced his faith in Islam and became a Christian, without specifying which particular branch of Christianity he had chosen. After stating his full name, the prince declared: “I will accept whatever they do to me, because the truth in the Bible has guided me towards the right path.”
In the audio file, Abdullah talks about the Islamic groups that are winning the elections in Egypt and declares: “Islamic communities have always wanted to attack in different parts of the world but God has preserved the world and still protects it. This is why we have recently seen disagreements appearing among Islamic groups who are now fighting with each other. They are about to divide further into different groups.”
Mohabat News, a Christian Iranian website which has been following the fate of Christian minorities in the Middle East closely and which has monitored Abdullah’s statement, confirms that this news was published briefly by Arabic news agencies and also by the Iranian state news agency. Some independent websites with Shiite leanings denied the reports and quoted another Kuwaiti prince, Azbi al-Sabah, who said: “There’s no one by that name in the Kuwaiti royal family.” In actual fact, the name Abdullah does not appear on the list of the 15 members of the royal family who rule this small, extremely wealthy country in different capacities: from the Sheikh down to Princess Nijirah al-Sabah, who testified in the US Congress under the assumed name of “Nurse Nayirah” on the humanitarian situation in the country after the invasion by Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and just before the Gulf War. That isn’t to say that this high-profile convert is not hidden somewhere within the extended family, under a different name.
In Kuwait the overwhelming majority of the population is Muslim (only 4% is Christian) and the country”s Constitution states: “Islam is the official religion of the country and Sharia is the main source for legislation.”…
Kuwait executes seven people including a member of the royal family who murdered a prince in first hangings for four years
- Faisal Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah shot his nephew dead at a royal palace in 2010
- He is one of seven who were executed today after being sentenced to death
- Criminals were killed in Kuwait’s central prison in the first hangings since 2013
- Include woman who killed 58 after setting fire to her ex-husband’s wedding tent
Kuwait has hanged a member of the country’s Royal family as part of a mass execution after he was found guilty of murdering a fellow prince.
Faisal Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who killed his nephew Basil Al-Sabah in 2010, was among seven people to face their fate today having been sentenced to death.
The men and women were killed at the country’s central prison and included a woman convicted of killing 58 women and children when she set fire to a wedding tent.
The first death sentences carried out in several years in the oil-rich emirate included a Bangladeshi, a Filipina, an Ethiopian, two Kuwaitis and two Egyptians, according to a statement carried on the state-run KUNA news agency.
KUNA said that all had been convicted of murder except the Bangladeshi man, who was convicted of rape, kidnapping and theft and that the executions had been authorised by Kuwait’s ruler Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.
The royal was identified as Faisal Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who killed his nephew Basil Al-Sabah in 2010.
Faisal was working as a captain in the country’s army and visited his nephew at the Maseelah Palace in June 2010.
The two princes were sitting together in a group of people, according to Gulf News, when the killer asked to talk to the fellow prince privately.
They left the main room and seconds later guests heard gunshots.
Basil had been shot several times from close range and was declared dead at Mubarak Al Kabeer Hospital.
The second Kuwaiti national executed on Wednesday was Nasra Al-Enezi.
She was convicted of setting fire to a wedding tent in 2009 after her husband took a second wife.
The blaze killed 58 women and children, her lawyer Zaid Al-Khabbaz said. The Bedouin-style tent, put up so women attending could be uncovered for the event, had only one entrance.
Dozens of others were injured in a stampede during the fire, which later led Kuwait to ban the tents.
The lawyer said he last spoke to his client a month ago.
‘She sounded very fragile, very shaken, more than any other time,’ Al-Khabbaz told said.
‘It’s impossible to say that she intended to kill all those women and children.
‘It was a tragedy.’
In the Philippines, Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose identified the Filipina hanged as Jakatia Pawa, who was convicted of killing her employer’s daughter.
Pawa’s brother, Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Gary Pawa, said his sister called early morning Wednesday, crying as she informed him of her scheduled execution.
‘My sister’s only request was for us to take care of her two children,’ he said.
Ernesto Abella, a spokesman for Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, said in a statement that the authorities used ‘all efforts to preserve her life, including diplomatic means and appeals for compassion.’
‘Execution, however, could no longer be forestalled under Kuwaiti laws,’ he said. ‘We pray for her and her bereaved family.’
Kuwait is home to 250,000 Filipino workers, with about 158,000 of them working as domestic helpers, Philippine ambassador to Kuwait Rene Villa said.
Executions are fairly rare in Kuwait, which has the world’s sixth-largest oil reserves.
The last were carried out in 2013, when a Pakistani, a Saudi and a Bidoon — a name used in the emirate for people without citizenship — were hung.
Wednesday’s executions drew immediate criticism from Amnesty International, which opposes the death penalty.
The mass execution ‘is a shocking and deeply regrettable step backward for Kuwait,’ Amnesty official Samah Hadid said in a statement.
‘By choosing to resume executions now, the Kuwaiti authorities have displayed a wanton disregard for the right to life and signaled a willingness to weaken human rights standards.’
It’s not clear what sparked the timing of the executions.
However, it comes 10 days after Bahrain announced it put three men to death in its first executions since 2010.