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Kuwait pardons 2 prisoners who cooperated with Iraq invasion

Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah IV Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah attends the opening session of the 30th Arab League Summit in Tunis, Tunisia on March 31, 2019. [Yassine Gaidi - Anadolu Agency]

Kuwait’s Emir has pardoned two prisoners who have been held in jail for 28 years charged with collaborating with Iraq’s invasion of the Gulf state, Attorney General Hamad Al-Duaij revealed yesterday.

Al-Rai newspaper quoted Al-Duaij as saying: “The two prisoners were sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labour for collaborating with Saddam Hussein’s forces and joining the Iraqi army” after the Kuwaiti security services found their names in the lists of the Iraqi army’s volunteers.

The Kuwaiti attorney general pointed out that the two prisoners were pardoned as part of the Emir’s amnesty issued on National Day, they will be released on conditioned  that they be deported immediately.

The two inmates have received their British passports and will return to the UK as soon as they leave prison, he explained.

The amnesty includes 840 inmates of various nationalities, including 33 women, who will be released on the country’s National Day and Liberation Day celebrations on 25 February.

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