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Man charged with murder of Kuwaiti woman, in case that has shocked the Gulf state

The accused man could be executed for the crime [Getty]

Date of publication: 28 April, 2021

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The man is accused of stabbing Farah Hamza Akbar to death and dumping her body.
A man accused of killing a Kuwaiti woman has been charged with first degree murder in a case that has shocked the Gulf state. 

The man is accused of abducting Farah Hamza Akbar, stabbing her to death, and dumping her outside the Adan Hospital in Mubarak Al-Kabeer, where she later died from her injuries. 

Murder is a capital crime in Kuwait. 

At the time of her killing, it was reported by AP that a man had repeatedly harassed the woman after her family rejected his marriage proposal. 

Akbar's sister, herself a lawyer, had repeatedly warned the public prosecutor and several police stations that if the man was released her sister's life would be in danger. 

After Akbar's death, a video of her sister weeping outside the hospital went viral in Kuwait sparking outrage in the Gulf state. 
 
Her death sparked a wave of peaceful protests in Kuwait and calls for tougher action against gender-based violence. 

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