PRESS RELEASE: SHEIKH AL-MAIL PARDONED AND ALLOWED TO RETURN HOME WITH AMIRI PARDON DECREE
In a statement issued by the Kuwaiti Cabinet today, Tuesday the seventeenth of January 2023, it was announced that a total of 34 Kuwaitis living outside the country have been pardoned from freedom-restricting penalties imposed on them. The statement was released in reference to the Amiri Pardon Decree (No. 8 of 2023).
Among those pardoned was Sheikh Mohamad Al-Mail, the Chancellor of the Upper Hand Organization, who was previously subject to penalties restricting his freedom in several cases related to state security. The pardon has exempted Sheikh Al-Mail from these penalties.
Sheikh Mohamad Al-Mail had been sentenced in several cases as a result of his religious and political opinions and statements, as well as his activities in Kuwait, most notably his establishment of the Upper Hand Organization and his supervision of its work. However, he was able to avoid punishment by requesting political asylum in the United Kingdom in 2015.
The pardon has been seen by some as a step towards reconciliation and forgiveness in Kuwait. However, Sheikh Al-Mail has not commented on the news at this time.