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Kuwait wife sentenced to death for fatal wedding fire

File pciture of the aftermath of the wedding fire on 17 August 2009
Some 57 women and children were killed at the wedding

A court in Kuwait has sentenced a 23-year-old woman to death for starting a fire at wedding celebrations in which her husband was taking a second wife.

Some 57 women and children were killed in the incident in al-Jahra in August, making it one of the worst civilian disasters in Kuwait's modern history.

The judge found the woman, Nasra Yussef Mohammed al-Enezi, guilty of premeditated murder.

She denied the charges and her lawyers say they will appeal.

Death sentences in Kuwait are carried out by hanging.

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Enezi, who was not present in court for the verdict, was found guilty of "premeditated murder and starting a fire with the intent to kill".

Press reports at the time of the blaze said she had wanted to avenge her husband's "bad treatment" of her, but in court she denied any involvement in the incident.

The victims were all women and children because wedding celebrations are traditionally segregated along gender lines.

Ninety guests were injured in the blaze and the ensuing stampede to get out of the tent, which only had one exit.

Kuwait banned wedding tents after the incident.



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