Kuwait Hangs 7 Prisoners, Including Royal, in Mass Execution

Kuwait City (AP) -- Kuwait says it has hanged seven prisoners, including a royal family member, in a mass execution.

Kuwait made the announcement Wednesday in a statement on its state-run KUNA news agency.

It identified the prisoners as a Bangladeshi, a Filipina, an Ethiopian, two Kuwaitis and two Egyptians.

It identified the royal as Faisal Abdullah Al Jaber Al Sabah and said he was convicted of premediated murder and illegal possession of a firearm.

In the Philippines, Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose earlier identified the Filipina hanged as Jakatia Pawa, who was convicted of killing her employer's daughter.

The last known executions to be carried out in Kuwait were in 2013, when a Pakistani, a Saudi and a "Bidoon" or man without citizenship in the emirate were hung.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

Philippine officials say a Filipina domestic helper convicted of killing her employer's daughter has been executed in Kuwait despite last-ditch efforts to obtain clemency.

In the Philippines, Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said Jakatia Pawa was hanged Wednesday.

Pawa's brother, Air Force Lt. Col. Gary Pawa, said his sister called early morning Wednesday, crying as she informed him of her scheduled execution. She asked him to take care of her two children.

Officials with Kuwait's information and interior ministries did not immediately answer calls for comment Wednesday.

The last known executions to be carried out in Kuwait were in 2013, when a Pakistani, a Saudi and a "Bidoon" or man without citizenship in the emirate were hung.

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