Friday, April 27, 2012

Tanzania: 2,973 Pardons!

It is reported that President Jakaya Kikwete has pardoned 2,973 prisoners "on the occasion of the 48th anniversary of the union between the then Tanganyika and Zanzibar."   The presidential clemency covers convicts "sentenced to less than five years imprisonment who have served at least a quarter of the jail term." Also included were "prisoners suffering from serious diseases like cancer, HIV/Aids and TB currently at a terminal stage" as well as "the elderly above 70-years-old, pregnant women and those who are in jail with their infants, as well as the ones with mental and physical disabilities." The clemency did not include those:

1. sentenced to death, life imprisonment
2. convicted for offences "related to trafficking of narcotic drugs such as cocaine, heroin and marijuana,"
3. convicted for crimes "related to corruption, abuse of office,"
4. convicted of armed robbery and robbery with violence, unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition
5. convicted of rape, sodomy and other sexual offences
6. convicted of abduction of school girls or making them pregnant and
7. convicted of preventing children to go to school.
8. convicted of motor vehicle hijacking, theft or destruction of infrastructure
9. regular offenders (recidivist)
10. escapees
11. and those on parole and prisoners who had their sentences partly remitted by the president but still serving the remainder of the term.

See story here.

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