Kuwait City – The killer of leading Kuwaiti media figure Hedayat Al-Sultan Al-Salem could be released after spending 15 years in jail.

The victims’ heirs have accepted the sum of KD10 million in blood money in exchange for waiving off their rights and approving the murderer’s release.

Khalid Dheyab Al-Azmi was sentenced to life imprisonment for assassinating Ms. Al-Salem, the then editor-in-chief of “Al-Majaless” Magazine.

The renowned writer was heading to attend a conference on woman and culture, held by Kuwait Women Society on March 20, 2001 when she was murdered.

Police Officer Lieutenant-Colonel Al-Azmi stepped from his 4-wheel drive when he spotted the victim at the red traffic light, headed towards her car and shot her dead in the head for “defaming his tribe in her magazine”.

The 66-year-old Al-Sabah became then the first woman journalist to be killed in Kuwait and one of 51 other journalists killed in 2001 worldwide.

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