Move comes following the country's 57th National Day and 27th Anniversary of Liberation
The Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, has ordered the payment of debts pertaining to both local and expat prisoners, the royal palace, Amiri Diwan, announced on Sunday.
The move came following Kuwait’s celebration of its 57th National Day and 27th Anniversary of Liberation.
National Assembly speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanem praised the Amir’s initiative and said his payment of the debts from his personal funds is one of his many humanitarian gestures.
“His Highness the Amir’s humanitarian act presents anew an example of how the ruler is aware of citizens and residents’ hardships and preoccupations. Moreover, he has re-presented Kuwait as the Humanitarian Center and a home of social and humanitarian solidarity and relieving the underprivileged,” he said in a statement.
Thousands of Kuwaiti nationals are imprisoned for failing to pay their debts. Public welfare body The Kuwaiti Takaful Society for Prisoners Care offers financial assistance to prisoners to assist in their release.