Iran announces mass amnesty
Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug. 21 / Trend T.Jafarov /
In connection with the Eid-ul-Fitr holiday Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has declared an amnesty.
The head of Iran's judiciary Sadiq Amoli Larijani on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr appealed to the Supreme Leader with a letter in which he asked for an amnesty of political, military and civil offenses. The supreme leader in turn, signed a relevant decree, the İSNA news agency reported on Tuesday.
According to the decision of the amnesty, those deprived of liberty for a term of one year are exempt from serving the remainder of the sentence.
The punishment of persons sentenced to imprisonment for a term of one to five years is reduced by half.
Persons serving a sentence of five to 15 years are exempt from serving the third part of the punishment.
The perpetrators of the crime of negligence, women prisoners, those who take care of young children, prisoners with incurable and infectious diseases, adolescents under 18, men over 65 and women over 50 who have been sentenced to prison imprisonment and a fine are also exempt from serving the remainder of the sentence.
Persons sentenced to imprisonment for debt and sentenced to imprisonment for six months are also exempt from serving the remainder of their sentences.
The decision on this amnesty for the first time also applies to all persons sentenced to life imprisonment.
The decision on the amnesty does not apply to persons sentenced to imprisonment for a term of five to 15 years for assault, drugs and weapons smuggling, treason, crimes that threaten national security, kidnapping, rape, trafficking, major fraud, counterfeiting money and securities.