119 Indian prisoners in Kuwait pardoned

Several Andhra drug convicted prisoners to benefit from Royal pardon

By Author   |   Gulf Correspondent   |   Published: 1st Oct 2017   6:59 pm

Riyadh: Kuwait authorities released a list of 119 Indian prisoners who have been granted pardon by Amir Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabha. The reduction of sentence, release is part of Amiri pardon.

Most of these prisoners benefited from pardon hailing from Rayalaseema districts of Andhra Pradesh and convicted for drug smuggling into oil rich gulf kingdom.

It is noteworthy to mention that majority of Indians who facing sentences in Kuwait on drug smuggling were hailing from Andhra Pradesh and some of them are innocent and trapped in web of gangs that operate from Kadapa, Chennai and Kuwait.

Earlier also Kuwait Amir has pardoned 15 Indian prisoners by converting their death sentences into life imprisonment.  

According to sources, death sentences handed down to 15 Indians lodged in a Kuwaiti jail have been commuted to life imprisonment by Amir; all of these prisoners were convicted on drug related charges. Among many of them are poor NRI workers of Chittoor and Kadapa districts, believed to be fallen in trap of drug syndicate.

The life imprisonments of 53 Indians were reduced to imprisonment for 20 years, among them also many were Telugu workers convicted on drug relevant charges.

The Amir also ordered to release 22 of the Indian prisoners with immediate effect. According to the list, 18 Indians’ imprisonment was reduced to three quarters of the sentence, 25 people were reduced by half period of the sentence and one person reduced by one quarter of the sentence, said some reports.

The charges in most of the cases involved narcotics, drugs trading/consumption, theft, robbery, fraud, etc.

Sushma Swaraj, external affairs minister, in her series of tweets, expressed her thanks to Amir of Kuwait for his “kind” gesture and said that the Indian embassy will extend assistance to the Indian nationals who will be released from jails.

Indian Ambassador Sunil Jain also making efforts to help Indian prisoners who coming forward to opting for transfer to prisons back home in India to spend rest of their sentence period in India.

The Indian embassy in Kuwait urged in the past to be cautious while carrying luggage and advised not to involve in any drug and narcotic substances. Embassy also said that it had noticed that there has been a spurt in the number of Indian nationals arrested in Kuwait allegedly for bringing drugs/ narcotics substances inside Kuwait. Also, there has been an increase in the number of Indian nationals arrested in Kuwait in drug related cases. About 65% of total Indian inmates in Central Jail are due to drug related offences. Furthermore, about 40% Indians under arrest in Public jail are due to drug-related charges