The Iraqi government contacted a Kuwaiti law firm in order to defend four Iraqi fishermen sentenced recently for killing a Kuwaiti coastguard, a senior Iraqi official said yesterday. “The Iraqi Foreign Ministry coordinated with [Iraq’s] Ministry of Justice to hire a well-known law firm in Kuwait in order to defend the Iraqi fishermen, said the First Deputy for Al-Basra Governor Nizar Al-Jabery, quoting the Iraqi Ambassador to Kuwait.

The Kuwaiti courts had sentenced one fisherman to death, while handing two-year prison terms each to two others and a one-year jail sentence to the fourth for killing Lance Corporal Abdurrahman Al-Enizy when the latter confronted them for entering Kuwait’s territorial waters. “The verdicts will be appealed by the law firm, Al-Jabery indicated.

2012, Kuwait Times