Kuwait City: Kuwait`s Supreme Court
on Sunday upheld a woman`s death sentence for setting ablaze her
husband`s wedding tent, killing 57 women and children.
Nasra Yussef Mohammed al-Enezi, 24, was condemned to
death by a lower and appeals courts for the apparent act of
revenge against her husband for taking a second wife.
Under Islamic laws, men in Kuwait can take up to four
wives at a time.
The ruling against Enezi is final unless the emir
commutes the sentence to a life term.
Death sentences in the oil-rich Gulf state are carried
out by hanging.
Enezi, who has two mentally-ill children from her
husband, denied the charges throughout the trial and her
defence lawyers argued there was no material evidence to
The August 15, 2009 inferno engulfed the
women-and-children-only tent in minutes and triggered a
The final death toll was 57, including Saudis and
If Enezi is hanged, she would be the first Kuwaiti
woman to be executed in the Gulf state`s history. Three
foreign women have been hanged.
Kuwait has executed a total of 72 people since it
introduced the death penalty some four decades ago.
Most of those condemned have been convicted murderers
or drug traffickers.
The last execution in the emirate dates back to
mid-2007 although dozens of convicts are on death row.