CAIRO: The family of an Egyptian man who was stripped naked and assaulted in Kuwait has demanded the removal of a “harmful” video that shows the assault, Minister of Immigration Nabila Makram quoted the family as saying during a Monday visit.
The Kuwaiti authorities arrested the man who physically and verbally assaulted an Egyptian expatriate, Makram said while visiting the Egyptian’s family in Cairo to show support and assure them that the state will defend his rights.
The incident was filmed a year ago, but only circulated on social media Saturday, stirring anger and condemnation by activists and politicians who demanded a “firm” stance by the state.
In statements to Youm7, Makram said the assaulted Egyptian man has a legal and valid residency in Kuwait; the identity of the assaulted man will not be revealed out of respect for him and his family.
Makram reiterated the family’s demand to remove the video, calling on Egyptians not to re-post or circulate the video on social media.
At the end of the visit, the minister requested that the family provide all documents needed to hire a lawyer for the Egyptian man.
In the two-and-half minute footage, the Egyptian man was seen being stripped naked in a corner, struggling to hide his private parts with his hands while being harshly abused by another man who was holding a stick and dressed in traditional Kuwaiti clothing.
In Saturday 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 Kuwaiti citizenship (the word stands for “Bedoon Jinsiya” or without nationality).
Makram noted that Kuwait has opened an investigation into the “Bedoon,” who is the owner of a mobile shop, where the assaulted Egyptian man worked. She added that the incident appears to have evolved from the sale the Egyptian man made of a “used mobile phone” instead of a new one.