Kuwait’s emir grants pardons and reduced sentences to dissidents
Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmed al-Sabah has pardoned a group of prisoners in an amnesty intended to defuse a political row. Among those released included Shia Kuwaitis convicted in 2016 for spying for Iran and Lebanon’s Iran-allied Hezbollah.
The Emir on Saturday issued two decrees granting pardons and reduced sentences of 35 people, including former lawmakers in self-exile in Turkey sentenced for storming the Parliament building in 2011 protests against corruption.
Authorities have so far not disclosed how many convicts were released on Sunday, but one lawyer said 20 had been freed.