The Supreme Judiciary Council issues a decree regarding pardoning prisoners on conditions

The Supreme Judicial Council issued a decree specifying the conditions “for pardoning convicts regarding the remainder of the sentence imposed on them.”

The Council stipulated that the convict must have served at least half the sentence, or a quarter of the sentence for those who suffer from a chronic illness and need special medical care, or who are over 60 years of age.

Concerning those sentenced to life imprisonment, the Judicial Council required that the convict spend no less than 15 years in prison.

The Council also imposed that the pardoned persons pay the “restitution and fines” imposed to the state treasury, excluding repeat offenders and those involved in armed gang formations from the pardon.

Furthermore, the Supreme Judicial Council also identified those to whom the amnesty decision does not apply, which include those convicted of crimes related to terrorism, crimes against state security, as well as other cases.

Also deprived of pardon according to the decree are those convicted of crimes of murder, attempted murder, beatings leading to death and kidnapping, in addition to those convicted of crimes of theft by force, unless reconciliation is made with the victim. The amnesty moreover does not apply to those convicted of drug crimes whose sentence exceeds 10 years.

The Supreme Judicial Council referred to the Public Prosecutor the task of assigning public lawyers to examine the files of convicts and prepare lists of those included in the amnesty in accordance with the decree.


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