Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Syria: 7,000 Pardons

It is reported that "as many as 7,000 Syrian prisoners will be released under the general amnesty" granted by the president. The amnesty will reduce death penalty to life imprisonment with hard labor, and covers "prisoners with incurable diseases and elders over 70." It also includes "lesser offenses such as theft, forgery, military desertion and other white-collar crimes" but not "political prisoners or those convicted of drug and weapon trafficking."  In addition, the government called on fugitive criminals to "turn themselves in within 30 days after the issuance of the pardon so as to be counted in." See full story here.

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