Saturday, March 21, 2015

Tunisia: 1,531 Pardons

All reports the President of the Republic "has decided to grant clemency or commute prison sentences for 1,351 offenders; 956 among the latter will be released." That is more acts of mercy than were granted by Obama, W. Bush, Clinton, H.W. Bush and Reagan combined. It is reported that a Pardon Committee" :
applied objective criteria of equal treatment for prisoners, the gravity of the crime or the offence, length of sentence served and the penalty remaining to be executed. Other criteria such as first-time or repeat offender status and good conduct are also determining.
Finally, detainees convicted of "serious crimes" which "impact on society and public order" (terrorist crimes, weapon trafficking and smuggling) were excluded. See story here.

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