Monday, April 27, 2009

Tanzania: 3,000 Pardons!

Just as we expected, President Jakaya Kikwete has ordered the release of 3,247 prisoners! The primary reason? To celebrate the 45th anniversary of the union between Zanzibar and Tanganyika. Among those released: 1) prisoners suffering from mental disorders 2) medically approved sick prisoners especially those suffering from HIV/Aids, tuberculosis and cancer 3) those who had been jailed for less than five years and had already served a quarter of their sentences 4) elderly people exceeding 70 years of age who have been approved by a panel of medical doctors 5) and women who found themselves in prison while pregnant or with infants. See story here.

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