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'File 2/2 VI Kuwait-Iraq Smuggling' [‎4r] (18/386)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (182 folios). It was created in 7 Feb 1937-1 Oct 1938. 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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3 # I have also seen one of his sailors ^Mullah “bin
Yusuf of the Bin Nusf quarter of Kuwait and examined him
sepBrately. His story supports that of the report and the
He confirms that they were fired at hy the Customs
Police and has described to me how at nisht he was/up on the
deck of the Customs Boat, stripped and beaten and threatened
with being thrown in the water if he would not confess that
he was a smuggler. They were he says constantly being cursed
and knocked about as long as they remained on the boat. They
had a little food of their own to eat aid nothing was given
them by the Customs Police, k letter to Subair from the
Customs Police was he says taken by "the car of al hsaimi*
which seems to be a postal contract car and the reply, which
apparently authorised their release, came to the land
opposite the Customs boat by hand of a Bedouin.
4. I have also seen Jasim bin Muhammad of the Hilal
quarter of Kuwait, owner of the Shu’i sailing boat mentioned
in paragraph (c) of the Sheikh*s letter and two of his men
and examined them separately. They confirm the report.
Jasim says that when the black Bao launch with men
in uniform came up with them they were sheltering in the
north end of Ehor Tha’alib and against its western shore.
(Khar Iha'aiib is the channel at the western end of Warba
Island, connecting the Khor Subair and the Ehor Subiya).
He was therefore south of the junction of the IChor Abdullah
and the Khor Aubeir and in Kuwait waters, as was the launch.
5. Ahmad bin Muhammad Bu Msli one of the crew of the
al lluwaddhaf quarter 0 f Kuwait confirms that they were
sheltering in the Khor Tha'alib when about 8 p.m. the black
Bao Customs Police launch came up to them, having presumably
seen their light. He confirms that the Police told them
they had no right in that place and if they came again they
would confiscate their boat and imprison them.

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The volume contains correspondence related to Kuwait-Iraq smuggling and Iraqi incursions into Kuwaiti waters. The Shaikh of Kuwait raised his complaints to 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, about Iraqi customs attacking Kuwaiti nationals, firewood collectors and fishermen and their jolly boats. With his letters the Shaikh enclosed statements by some of those who were attacked, as well as tables of the goods seized by the Iraqi police including cigarettes, fish, and camels.

Other issues raised in the correspondence are the following:

  • Investigation of the Iraq-Kuwait frontier incidents.
  • Cases that were dealt with and the possible compensation.
  • The export taxes on Iraqi cigarettes.
  • The Iraqi Government agreeing on building two police posts at Kuwait border, one at Zubair and one at Nadjmi.

The volume includes records of a meeting held in London to consider measures for dealing with smuggling between Iraq and Kuwait. It also includes records of the regulations of the King of Iraq regarding the issue of smuggling which were published in the Official Gazette of Iraq .

The main correspondents in the file are the Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. , Kuwait, the Political Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. , Bushire, the British Embassy, Baghdad, the Iraq Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Hakim of Kuwait, and the Mutassarif of Basrah Liwa, Basra.

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1 volume (182 folios)

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

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the first folio with 1 and terminates at the last folio with 182; 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.

The foliation sequence does not include the front and back covers; nor does it include the six leading and ending flyleaves.

An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 1-182; these numbers are also written in pencil and are circled, but are crossed through.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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