/ 21 September 2004

Ghostly goings-on in Kuwait prison

Inmates and guards at Kuwait’s central jail asked for help from state and prison authorities to rid two cell blocks from what they believe to be ghosts, the al-Siyassa newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The ghosts, some of which are said to be appearing at night with incomplete bodies and flying through the air, have been spotted within two cell blocks over the past fortnight, the paper cited one female prison guard in its front-page report.

”It’s now unbearable to work in the central jail, especially in sections one and two” because of the ghosts, the guard said.

Requests sent to the prison’s administration to bring in a Muslim religious figure to read the Qur’an — a traditional way to drive away alleged bad spirits — have been rejected, she said, noting that administrators called the ghosts ”just illusions”.

”How can they be described as illusions if 26 guards have already seen them?” the guard asked. Some guards had threatened to quit over the matter, she added.

The guard appealed to Interior Minister Sheikh Nawaf al-Sabah to intervene in the problem by allowing recordings of Qur’anic verses to be played in the cell blocks at night in an effort to exorcise the apparitions. — Sapa-DPA