Saturday, March 27, 2010

Burundi: 4,000 Pardons!

Burundi has 11 prisons with a total capacity of less than 5,000 prisoners. Unfortunately, it is managing over 10,000 prisoners. A solution? This week, more than 4,000 prisoners will be pardoned by President Pierre Nkurunziza.

The pardon applies to persons under 18 years of age, persons sentenced to terms of five years or less, pregnant or lact a ting women and patients with advanced incurable diseases. It will also benefit persons who are at least 60 years old and persons who have received life sentences (now reduced to 20 years).

The pardon will not cover those convicted of crimes against humanity, war crimes, murder, voluntary sexual assault, torture, armed robbery, rape, murder, armed-gang theft, embezzlement, violation of internal state safety, po isoning, cannibalism, forgery and use of false documents, sale, cultivation, transportation of drugs for profit, or incitement of prison riots. See story here.

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