Sunday, January 31, 2016

France: Domestic Abuse Pardon

68 year old Jacqueline Sauvage was married for 47 years to a husband who was a violent alcoholic, "who she said raped and beat her and her three daughters and also abused her son." It is reported that "more than 400,000 people" signed a petition "demanding her release."
In September 10, 2012, the day after her son hanged himself, Sauvage shot her husband three times in the back with a rifle. She was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 10 years in prison in October 2014, which was upheld on appeal in December 2015 as the state rejected her plea of self-defence.
French President Francois Hollande, says that, “In the face of an exceptional human situation" he wants to "make it possible for  to return to her family as soon as possible.”

France24 reports that she has been pardoned.

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