CAIRO: The Kuwaiti authorities have arrested a man who appeared in a video assaulting a naked Egyptian national; Emigration Minister Nabila Makram said in Sunday TV statements.
Makram explained that the assaulter is not a Kuwaiti national, but a “Bedoon,” which refers to stateless people who grew up in Kuwait but do not hold its citizenship; the word stands for “Bedoon Jinsiya” or without nationality.
In statements to Al-Nahar TV Channel, the minister said that Kuwait has opened an investigation into the “Bedoon” owner of a mobile shop, where the assaulted Egyptian man reportedly worked.
In a two-and-half minute footage, an Egyptian man is seen stripped naked in a corner, struggling to hide his private parts with his hands while being physically and verbally abused by another man who was holding a stick and dressed in traditional Kuwaiti clothing.
“We are trying to reach the Egyptian as we do not know his whereabouts, and he did not report the assault to the Kuwaiti authorities,” Minister Makram said.
She added “I can imagine his feelings after this abusive video…but I urge him to show up so that we can defend his rights, because his state has his back.”
Makram noted that the problem appears to have evolved when the Egyptian man sold a customer a “used mobile phone” instead of a new one. In response, the man was assaulted by the “Bedoon,” named in the video as “Abu Abdullah,” along with a group of men, including another Egyptian.
The minister added that the country has been conducting “high-profile communications” to verify the video, rather than depending on social media to collect information about the incident.
The video went viral on social media Saturday, triggering anger among activists and politicians who called on the state to take a “firm stance.”
Over the past months, videos of Egyptian nationals being beaten and assaulted in Arab countries have surfaced, stirring fury against the “mistreatment of Egyptian expatriates and laborers abroad.”
In April, a video footage showed a group of Jordanian police forces beating an Egyptian expatriate; the incident ended with reconciliation.
Two Jordanians were arrested over suspicion in their involvement in the killing of an Egyptian national in Jordan in November 2015.