When three men convicted of three separate murders were taken to the gallows out side the Kuwait state prison, one of the murderer asked for the last cigarette puff before his death.
Last cigarette before execution
The Gulf-Arab state hanged three convicted murderers today, the first executions to take place there since 2007, state news agency KUNA reported.
Crimes that carry the death sentence include drug trafficking, murder and treason.
The execution in the car park outside state prison
Sentences are not carried out publicly however members of the media act as witnesses and pictures are published in the hope it will act as a deterrent.
KUNA said 48 people remain on death row in Kuwait.