Former Islamist MP released from jail on Amiri pardon

Former opposition Islamist MP Fahd Al-Khannah was released yesterday from jail following an Amiri pardon. Days after he decided to return to the country and hand himself over to prison authorities.

Khannah, along with a dozen former opposition MPs and activists were sentenced to five-year jail terms in 2016, but this was reduced in 2017 to three and a half years by the court of cassation, for the crime of breaking into the National Assembly building in November 2011 following a protest against corruption.

The former lawmaker received the Amiri pardon just days after landing in Kuwait and being whisked off to serve his prison term. He is reported to have submitted an apology and appealed to His Highness the Amir for a pardon from his jail cell.

The sentenced MPs and activists, including Jamaan al-Harbash and Waleed al-Tabtabai, who were members of the current National Assembly until their expulsion earlier this year by Parliament, had sought refuge abroad many of them in Turkey, to avoid going to jail.