New Amnesty Rules Soon to be Implemented in Kuwait

The Chairman of the Amiri Rules and Regulations Committee Counselor Mohammed Fuhaid Al-Zuabi has relayed instructions on the adoption of Amiri amnesty to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Lt-Gen Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah for this year, as shared in a report by the Arab Times Online.

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As per the minister, the Amiri grant reflects the humanitarian dimension of the wise leadership of the country. The decision emphasizes the government’s prioritization on humanitarian considerations and pushes for rehabilitation programs in correctional institutions.

New Amnesty Rules Soon to be Implemented in Kuwait

Over 1,000 Inmates in Kuwait Expected to Benefit from New Amnesty Rules Soon

At this point, the provisions of the Amiri amnesty have already been completed and are set to be approved by the Justice Minister in the next few days.

Following the approval from the Ministry, files of the inmates will be evaluated and reviewed based on the new amnesty provisions.

Among the most critical provisions in the new amnesty is the deportation of all foreign residents serving judicial sentences regardless of the period of their residences or that of their family in the country. Up until this time, a plea letter for the release of foreign inmates who have been residents of Kuwait for more than 20 years or whose families are already residents in the country, may appeal their case.

It is worth pointing, however, that under the new rules of the amnesty, expats with judicial sentences should be deported back to their home countries. The only ones to be excluded are expatriate wives/husbands of Kuwaiti nationals, expat sons of Kuwaiti women, and Bedoun residents with judicial sentences.

Furthermore, inmates involved in State security cases such as terrorism, those with offenses against the Amiri entity, and charged for cases of human trafficking will not be covered by the new amnesty provisions.

Inmates with criminal charges such as intentional murder will be considered based on a waiver provided by the victims’ family. With the new changes to be implemented, an estimated 1,000 inmates will benefit from the amnesty. This just proves to show the commitment of the General Administration of Correctional Institutions in implementing the new amnesty.

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