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Kuwaiti employer who beat naked Egyptian arrested

The video shows the crying and pleading Egyptian being slapped, kicked and hit with a stick

Ahram Online , Sunday 29 May 2016
A still from the video showing a Kuwaiti employer beating an Egyptian employee

Egypt's manpower minister said on Sunday that he received confirmation that a Kuwaiti citizen who was videoed assaulting an Egyptian national has been arrested.

The foreign ministry said earlier in the day it was coordinating with Kuwaiti authorities to look into a video posted online showing an Egyptian national being assaulted by his Kuwaiti employer, identified as Ali Al-Shamry.

The video, which surfaced online on Saturday, shows the naked Egyptian being verbally assaulted and hit with a stick while crying and pleading.

The larger assailant, dressed in traditional Arabian garb, is also seen slapping and kicking the worker as he stands in a corner.

According to media reports and what can be heard on the video, the incident is believed to have started when a customer exchanged his old mobile phone with a new one at the Kuwaiti's mobile store, with the Egyptian employee conducting the transaction.

The Kuwaiti was reportedly angry when he later found out that the mobile phone was not functioning properly.

Kuwaiti authorities have shut down the assailant’s mobile store.

The ministry said that neither the Egyptian nor any of his relatives had reported the incident to the Egyptian embassy in Kuwait or the ministry in Cairo.

In November, a 25-year-old Egyptian working at an electronics store in Kuwait was killed after a Kuwaiti national ran him over multiple times with his car following an altercation between a group of Egyptians and Kuwaitis.

Kuwait is home to 2.9 million foreigners, mostly from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Egypt and Syria, with a minority of 1.3 million native Kuwaitis.

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