Kuwaiti Shiite and Sunni MPs in parliamentary fistfight

The debate was attended by delegation of US lawyers defending the inmates.

Last Updated: May 18, 2011, 21:33 PM IST

Kuwait City: Shiite and Sunni Islamist
Kuwaiti MPs fought with fists in parliament on Wednesday during a
heated debate over Kuwaiti inmates in the US Guantanamo Bay
detention centre.

The parliament was holding a debate over four Kuwaiti
detainees in the US prison camp in Cuba when Shiite MP Hussein
al-Kallaf provoked some Sunni fellow MPs by dismissing the
prisoners as "al Qaeda" militants.

Chaos erupted when Jamaan al-Harish representing the
Muslim Brotherhood replied to Kallaf saying that the session
was not called to discuss al Qaeda but Guantanamo prisoners.

Two Shiite and four Sunni lawmakers were involved in
the fight prompting MP Abdullah al-Rumi to adjourn the
session.

The debate was attended by a delegation of US lawyers
defending the inmates.

Kuwait on December 1 disowned comments attributed to
its interior minister calling for the death of its nationals
held at Guantanamo Bay.

Interior Minister Sheikh Jaber was quoted by WikiLeaks
as telling the US ambassador that his country did not want to
see the return of the Kuwaiti suspects and suggested "the best
thing to do is get rid of them."

The exchange between Sheikh Jaber and the US envoy to
Kuwait, took place in February 2009 and was recorded in a US
State Department cable published by WikiLeaks.

The Gulf country`s foreign minister had insisted,
however, that "it is impossible to think that Kuwait will ever
forget about its sons ... detained in Guantanamo without
trial."

PTI