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'File 2/2 VI Kuwait-Iraq Smuggling' [‎7r] (24/386)

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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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names of the policemen as given hy the Kuwaitis are as follows: -
Ali Haidar, Kadhem, Yasin, Sj f az and the Nakhuda The (usually Arab) captain or master of a local boat. .
(h) At the same time they (Iraqi Police) saw a small
Bhu’i which had gone for firewood* They seized the Shu f i and
detained the ere?/ with those of the jolly-boat in the Boom.
They were released on receipt of orders from ilubeir with strict
warnings that they should not land again ashore for collecting
The crew of the jolly-boat were:
Muhammad bin Abdullah Shahab (Makhu&a)
Abdullah bin lusuf (crew who was beaten)
The crew of the 8hu # i were:
Gthman bin Yusuf (Kakhu&a)
Ali bin Othman (crew)
Abdullah bin Muhammad (crew).
These people are poor and do not know anything about smuggling.
(c) About 5 days ago th© motor launch of Bao saw the
prawn catchers who were sheltering on the western side as a
strong South wind was blowing* Since many years those who
catch prawn enter Khor Subiya for the purpose of catching
prawns* Nafthuda Jasim bin Muhammad told the launch people
that they were prawn catchers and had taken shelter owing to
the wind but the launch men told them that their limit was
from Khor Warba and southwards and that they have no
permission to visit that place. The launch man slapped the
Makhuda of the Shu f i when he said that they had been catching
prawns at the ssme/bdase since many years. He ordered them to gc
and not to return to that place as it ?/as not their country
and told them that they would be imprisoned and their boat
detained if they return to that place again.
Karnes of the prawn catchers were:
Jasim bin Muhammad (Nakhu&a)
Ahmad Bu Bisli (crew)
Hasan al Mama*I
Abdul Aziz al Boob
Mehdi *

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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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