Kuwaiti gets death sentence for killing American

Published June 4th, 2003 - 02:00 GMT

A Kuwaiti court condemned to death on Wednesday a man convicted of murdering an American contractor working in the country, the defendant's lawyer said. 


Sami al-Mutairi, aged 25, had pleaded innocent to charges of murder and attempted murder for the January 21 shooting of two Americans working under contract for the US military in Kuwait.  


46-year-old Michael Rene Pouliot, was killed near Camp Doha, the main US military base in Kuwait, and David Caraway, 37, was seriously injured. A software company based in San Diego, California employed both of them. 


Al-Mutairi's lawyer, Mohammed Minwer al-Mutairi, said he would appeal the verdict. In addition, the court handed down prison terms to three other Kuwaitis it found to be accomplices to the crime.  


Badi al-Ajami and Khalifa al-Dihani were each sentenced to three years behind bars for providing al-Mutairi with the weapon used and bullets, according to AP. Abdullah al-Oteibi, who is at large, was sentenced in absentia for training the defendant on the use of weapons. A fourth defendant, also tried in absentia as he is at large, was found innocent. (Albawaba.com)

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