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Kuwait Denies Executing Three Convicted Shiite Moslems

July 12, 1987

KUWAIT (AP) _ Kuwait on Sunday denied an Iranian report that it had executed three convicted Shiite Moslem bombers whose release was demanded by militants holding U.S. hostages in Lebanon.

On Saturday, Iran’s official news media quoted Al-Amal Al-Islami, the weekly newspaper of an Iranian-backed dissident Iraqi mujahedeen group, as saying Kuwait had executed Baqer Ibrahim Abdel-Reda, Hussein Qassem Hassan and Elias Fuad Saab.

The three were identified as members of Islamic Jihad, or Islamic Holy War, a group believed to be holding at least two of the nine American hostages in Lebanon.

The three were among 17 people convicted in 1984 of bombing the U.S. and French embassies in Kuwait in December 1983. The other 14 were sentenced to prison.

Kuwait’s Interior Ministry, in statement carried by the Kuwait News Agency, denied the execution report.

″There is no truth whatsoever to these claims which are pure fabrication with no basis of truth,″ the ministry said.

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