Presidential pardon for those serving long-term sentences

Presidential pardon for those serving long-term sentences

The Government has formulated criteria to grant a special general amnesty for prisoners who have served a long period of their long-term sentences, to prevent the spread of Covid-19 within the prisons.

Convicted prisoners serving long sentences will be eligible for a grant of a special remission of three months for every year or part of a year already served by the end of this month.

Prisoners who are over 65 and have already served half or more of their sentences will also be eligible for the pardon.

Inmates sentenced to life who have completed 25 years from the time of their conviction will also be eligible for the general amnesty.

The Presidential Secretary had written to the Justice Ministry secretary this week detailing the criteria under which prisoners could be vetted and recommended for the general amnesty.