Persian Gulf: Gallows Humor

Kuwait convicts bombers

At the outset, the 21 men had japed and jested like a group of sophomores about to be reprimanded for a prank. But for some of them, the humor led straight to the gallows. The men were among the 25 terrorists accused of attempted murder and conspiracy against Kuwait after seven bombs rocked the oil-rich gulf state one morning last December, leaving 60 wounded and five dead. "Long live justice!" cried one relieved young man among the spectators as Chief Judge Ghazi al Sammar declared five of the defendants not guilty. But in the course of his 15-minute...

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