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Amiri amnesty sought – Pause on form of apology

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 22: Former MP Ahmad Al-Shuraian said a group of citizens, politicians and academicians will petition HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to grant general amnesty for those convicted in political opinion cases, whether inside or outside the country, including those who are accused of storming the National Assembly building citing Article 75 of the Constitution, reports Al-Rai daily.

The attempts were made more than once to hand over the petition to Director of the Office His Highness the Amir, but he did not appear ready to receive it.

Al-Shuraian explained after the petition was signed he personally contacted the director of office of HH the Amir, and was told to wait for the return off the Amir from overseas. When he contacted the office again, he said, the director was not ready to receive the petition. He added, he knows the petition will be in the honest hands off HH the Amir and that is the reason why he took to the media so that it reaches the man of wisdom.

Meanwhile, the daily has learned that three former deputies convicted of storming the National Assembly Building and currently living in Turkey had decided to return to the country today, but were hesitant after they were informed that the format of the apology should be the same as made by former convicts who surrendered and were released upon an Amiri amnesty.

Informed sources said that the general principle agreed upon, is the return of convicts and surrender themselves to the Sentences Enforcement Department, then their apology and petition will be sent to His Highness the Amir asking pardon. The sources added this is the only road for their return.

The sources added attempts have been made to adopt a different text that does not carry an explicit apology and acknowledgment of the mistake which has received enthusiasm of some residing in Turkey and have decided to return, but the new version was turned down until late last night and the issue remained unresolved despite the ‘returnees’ purchasing their tickets and informing their families and friends of their return.

In other news, according to the daily, former MP Fahd Al-Khanna, one of the deputies who is accused of storming the National Assembly was to return to Kuwait from Turkey today. The daily quoting Al-Khanna said “I put my trust in God and with God’s help, I will return on Tuesday, Oct 22, 2019 at 5:45 pm to Kuwait from Istanbul. God bless me.”

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