KUWAIT CITY, Nov 25: On Friday, Kuwait woke up to the news about the horrific murder of three individuals — two Kuwaiti citizens Sheikh Sabah Mubarak Al-Nasser Al-Sabah and Saleh Al-Othman, and an Indonesian woman.
The victims were found inside an apartment in Salwa area, with their hands and feet tied and their mouths covered.
They were killed execution style and there were other bullet wounds on their bodies. An injured Indian expatriate with a bullet wound on his back was also found in the vicinity.
This incident placed the security authorities of the country on high security alert in order to uncover the circumstances surrounding this incident and to arrest the culprits.
Meanwhile, the Amiri Diwan Friday announced the death of Sheikh Sabah Mubarak Al-Sabah Al-Nasser Al- Sabah at the age of 58, declaring that his body will be buried on Saturday, Nov 26 after Asr prayers.
Security sources revealed that several suspects have been detained for questioning including a Kuwaiti citizen, a Bedoun and an Iranian.
The Iranian suspect was caught while attempting to leave the country through one of the ports. Reportedly, the crime occurred due to a financial dispute. Some reports indicate that the Iranian suspect had lodged a complaint at Andalous Police Station few months ago against one of the victims Sheikh Sabah Al- Nasser, claiming that the latter owed him money.
The sources explained that Sheikh Sabah Al-Nasser came to Kuwait few days back from Lebanon where he was undergoing medical treatment. He came to complete some procedures related to his inheritance.
His lawyer — the Bedoun suspect — withdrew KD 450,000 from a local bank on Thursday and gave it to the victim hours before the crime occurred. The sources went on to explain that the second victim — a 1948-born Kuwaiti citizen Saleh Al-Othman — was an employee of Sheikh Sabah Al-Nasser’s family for years.
The third victim — a 1970-born Indonesian woman Hartiyanti Bet Owni — was reported as absconding by her sponsor of GCC nationality.
The sole survivor — the 1971-born Indian expatriate Supar Matomal — worked as a driver for Sheikh Sabah Al-Nasser.
Ministry of Interior announced in its press statement that officers from Salwa Police Station were patrolling the area when they saw an injured man who they discovered was an Indian expatriate. When they noticed bullet wounds on his back, they questioned him and he informed them about the murder of three individuals and led them to the apartment.
Upon reaching the apartment, the officers found the front door open and noticed blood stains at the entrance. They then saw three corpses inside the apartment. The Forensics Department has launched an investigation to determine what might have happened.
The statement revealed that the Indian victim was rushed to Mubarak Al-Kabeer Hospital and securitymen have been stationed there to guard him, based on orders of the Public Prosecutor.
In addition, securitymen have also been stationed at the murder site. A murder case No. 58/2016 has been filed in this regard.
By Meshal Al-Sanousi Al-Seyassah Staff