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'File 2/5 VI SHAIKH’S DATE GARDENS.' [‎65r] (134/412)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (202 folios). It was created in 22 Jan 1935-3 Mar 1936. It was written in English and Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.


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15th Petruary, 1935*
My dear Bateman,
¥e are most grateful for the explanation contained
in your letter of the 30th January, of the position
regarding the Power of Attorney of the agent of the Sheikh
of Koweit.
2. It is clear that we must, for the moment, leave
this matter for local treatment, and we much hope that
you will he ahle to dispose of it in some satisfactory way.
You will of course remember that the present postponement of
the Pao cases expires on the 28th February and before its
expiry you will no doubt take steps, if necessary, to secure
a further postponement.
3* We do not for the moment wish to express any
definite view on your suggestion (see last sentence of
paragraph 6 of your letter) that it may be better, after
the Faddaghiyah case has been settled, to revert to the
pre-Paddaghiyah procedure. Indeed we could only do so
after consultation with the India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. . Provided
however that the Iraqi Government and the Iraqi courts
admit (1) the ordinary principles of international law
as regards the immunity of foreign sovereigns from the
jurisdiction, and (2) that the Sheikh of Koweit is a
foreign sovereign, we are provisionally inclined to
think that in future both we and the Sheikh might do well
to admit that there is an exception to this rule as
regards actions involving a title to land in Iraq, and
that, in future proceedings which fall strictly within
3.H. Bateman, Esq., M.C.

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The volume contains correspondence related to the date gardens owned by the Shaikh of Kuwait, Aḥmad al-Jābir Āl Ṣabāḥ, in southern Iraq. In particular, the correspondence concerns the alleged intention of the Iraqi Government to expropriate a portion of the Shaikh of Kuwait’s property at Faw. The volume also concerns the service of judicial documents emanating from the Iraqi Government on the Shaikh of Kuwait in connection with his ownership of the gardens and the refusal of the Iraqi Ministry of Justice to recognise the Power of Attorney presented to them by the Shaikh of Kuwait’s lawyer in Basra, J Gabriel.

In the volume, British Officials discuss the failure of the Iraqi Government to validate the Shaikh’s title to his Faddaghiyya gardens, the Shaikh’s appointment of his son Muhammad as his attorney in Iraq, and the appointment of Abdul Jalil Partu as the Shaikh’s pleader in Basra instead of J Gabriel. The volume also includes correspondence related to the demands for customs duty by Iraqi customs authorities on Shaikh of Kuwait’s motor launch.

The main correspondence is between the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. , Kuwait, the British Ambassador, Baghdad, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Iraq, the Ruler of Kuwait, and the Foreign Office, London.

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1 volume (202 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the front to the rear of the volume.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 204; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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