Thursday, December 29, 2011

Venezuela: 141 Pardons

Hugo Chávez has announced Christmas pardons for 100 male and 41 female prisoners. The Venezuelan's El Universal newspaper reports that the leader also proclaimed: "We must help them build a plan for life so they do not fall down again, because many of them have lost their direction." The decision is also notable for the fact that it came just days after Noam Chomsky and another US academics called on Chávez to "correct an injustice" by releasing Maria Lourdes Afiuni. She was, however, not pardoned.
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