Kuwait to deport 23 expats over beating of national citizen
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Authorities in Kuwait are set to deport nearly two dozen foreign nationals, including five Syrians and 18 Egyptians, without trial for allegedly beating a Kuwaiti national.
The Kuwaiti Interior Ministry began the process of voiding the residency permits of all the 23 expats, according to a report on the local Al-Anbaa newspaper on Tuesday.
The decision was made after a video on social media sites showed a group of men carrying sticks and running after a man wearing the Kuwaiti national dress.
Authorities did not publish any information on what caused the incident or the names of those set to be deported.
Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad Khaled Al Sabah gave the orders for the arrest of the foreigners involved in the quarrel on Monday, according to local media.
During its weekly meeting, the Kuwaiti government praised the arrests of the expatriates as a “decisive security measure.”
There will be no trial for the detainees as based on Kuwaiti laws, officials are allowed to deport foreigners under administrative orders, something that has for years been criticized by international rights activists.
The oil-rich Persian Gulf state has deported thousands of foreigners since the beginning of 2015 alone for a range of different charges, including taking part in fights and committing traffic offenses.
Some 2.9 foreigners, mostly from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Egypt and Syria, as well as 1.3 million native Kuwaitis live in the Arab kingdom.