KUWAIT CITY, June 11, (AFP): A Kuwaiti court on Sunday sentenced a professed member of the Islamic State group to life in prison for an attack on US troops in the emirate last year. Egyptian Ibrahim Suleiman in October rammed his truck into a vehicle carrying three US soldiers, in what the US embassy described as a “terrorist attack”.
The soldiers were unharmed but the driver was lightly wounded when his truck caught fire as a result of the collision. Kuwaiti authorities said at the time that police found a handwritten note on Suleiman in which he pledged allegiance to IS.
They also said that he was carrying suspected explosives. Sunday’s verdict against the 28-yearold is not final and will be reviewed by Kuwait’s appeals and supreme courts. The supreme court on Sunday also upheld a 20-year jail term against Fahad Farraj, reportedly the de facto head of IS in Kuwait and the ringleader of an eight-member convicted IS cell.
The court also upheld 15- and 10- year jail terms for the other seven members of the cell, five of whom are Kuwaiti citizens. The remaining three do not hold any citizenship. The eight were convicted of fighting with IS in Syria and Iraq and of raising funds for the group. Kuwaiti courts have given hefty jail terms to dozens of men charged with joining or sympathising with IS. An IS-linked suicide bomber killed 26 worshippers in June 2015 when he blew himself up in a mosque of Kuwait’s Shiite minority, in the worst such attack in the Gulf state’s history