The Emir of Kuwait pardons and reduces sentences for 35 people

The Kuwait News Agency, quoting the Official Gazette, reported that the Emir of the country, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, issued two Amiri decrees pardoning and reducing the sentence imposed on 35 people.

Three weeks ago, the Emir of Kuwait paved the way for issuing an amnesty for opponents, an issue that constituted a major condition for opposition representatives to end the months-long confrontation with the government, which paralyzed legislative work.

A state of anticipation prevailed pending the issuance of the Amiri pardon, after the Emir of Kuwait assigned the heads of the National Assembly (Parliament), the Council of Ministers, and the Supreme Judicial Council to propose the terms and conditions for the pardon.

Former parliamentarians had been sentenced to prison in the case of storming the National Assembly in November 2011, when they entered the parliament building with political activists, following a demonstration organized by the opposition against former Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah.

Among the most prominent of these deputies who were sentenced: Muslim Al-Barrak, Faisal Al-Muslim and Jamaan Al-Harbash, and Reuters news agency indicated that two citizens had previously criticized the emir, which is a crime punishable by law.

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