Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al- Sabah yesterday unexpectedly ended the one-year saga over the so-called coup plot videotapes by offering an apology to the country’s leaders and to the men he accused saying the documents and tapes he got turned out to be fake.
In a brief statement on state-run Kuwait television, Sheikh Ahmad expressed deep regrets and apologies for the Amir and the crown prince and the judiciary in addition to the two former senior officials he accused of plotting a coup—former premier Sheikh Nasser Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah and exassembly speaker Jassem Al-Khorafi and their families. The surprising turn of events came just a day after a heated assembly debate over the issue in which speaker Marzouk Al-Ghanem and several MPs called for taking severe legal actions against Sheikh Ahmad, a senior member of the ruling family.
Al-Ghanim commented on the apology by saying “I did not read the details of the apology, but for sure, staying with the right matters is good.” Al-Marzouq hoped that all those who circulated the rumors and lies should have the courage and apologize to the people before apologizing to any person who was hurt.
Addressing His Highness the Amir in his speech, Sheikh Ahmad said: “It is my honor to submit to Your Highness and to His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah and to the esteemed Al-Sabah family and to the Kuwaiti Judiciary and to His Highness Sheikh Nasser Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah and his esteemed family and to former Speaker of the National Assembly Jassem Mohammad Al-Kharafi and his esteemed family my profound apology and deep sorrow for what I have caused in the recent past of slander or defamation or smear, whether intentional or not, to others.
The slander, defamation, and smear came about as a consequence of information and documentation I received regarding the nation’s interests which I thought at the time were correct and credible. Now that it has been determined by the Judiciary the falsehood of the information and documentation, I hereby adhere to the decision of the Judiciary.
As I seek forgiveness from Your Highness, I categorically assure Your Highness that what transpired in the recent past has been a lesson for me to learn from and pledge that I will put this entire affair behind me and will not bring it up ever again.” Sheikh Ahmad concluded his televised speech by wishing the best for the nation under the leadership of His Highness the Amir and His Highness the Crown Prince. Several lawmakers had appealed to the Amir to intervene to put an end to what they called feuds within the Al-Sabah ruling family.
The television did not say what happened ahead of broadcasting Sheikh Ahmad’s statement which hardly took two minutes. And Sheikh Ahmad himself did not post any new tweets on his Twitter account. He even deleted all tweets leaving his account completely empty.
The move comes just a few days after Sheikh Ahmad accused in a lengthy statement the public prosecutor of ignoring key evidence when he decided not to press charges against the two former senior officials. Commenting on the development, liberal MP Rakan Al- Nasef said the move will resolve an important part of the dispute within the ruling family but not the whole dispute.