Former Member of Parliament Dr Waleed Al-Tabtabaie sought a clemency plea from His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. He posted it on his Twitter account while in exile in Istanbul.
He has denied the charges for which he was indicted, and has affirmed his innocence. This represents the first initiative from the former MP among those convicted in the case related to storming of the National Assembly building – an incident that occurred few years ago.
Perhaps, this Twitter post has indications that deserve analysis. Firstly, it is the first plea from the top MP in the group of convicted MPs. Secondly, he is pleading for clemency, which exempts the convict from the punishment but does not expunge the crime in question from his criminal file.
An initial reading into this matter leads us to recall the meeting that took place recently in Istanbul between the current MPs Mohammad Hayef and Adel Al-Damkhi, and the former MPs who were convicted through a final verdict issued by the Court of Cassation.
It seems the former MPs were advised to seek clemency, perhaps as an initial step towards good intention, and request for what is practical and realistic, and the “May Almighty Allah make the matter easier…”
Al-Tabtabaie’s move continues to raise many questions, such as – Would this plea also open doors for his colleagues? Is this plea part of some agreement to start with Al-Tabtabaie and the rest to follow suit eventually? Another important question is – Was the meeting of MPs Hayef and Al-Damakhi organized with the knowledge of top officials?
There are many things to say in this issue, but what is important of all is the fact that it calls from reassurance. His Highness the Amir is a friend, not a foe; he is the father of all. Al-Tabtabaie’s plea was reasonable and practical, and I hope it will be given an apt response without causing any disappointment.
If you wish to be obeyed, then don’t ask for the impossible.
“The responsibility of tolerance lies in the hands of those who have the wider vision.” – English novelist George Elliot (1819-1880).
By Yousef Awadh Al-Azmi