Iran’s Leader Pardons, Commutes Sentences of 1166 Convicts

Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, the Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution, has granted clemency or commuted the sentences of hundreds of convicts on the occasion of two great Muslim festivals.

Ayatollah Khamenei on Thursday granted clemency or eased the sentences of 1,166 convicts sentenced by various Iranian courts.

The Leader’s decision was made upon a recommendation from the head of the Judiciary on the occasion of Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Ghadeer.

Article 110 of the Constitution grants the country’s Leader the right to pardon or reduce the sentences of convicts upon a recommendation from the Judiciary chief.

The clemency, however, does not apply to all types of convicts, including those who have been sentenced for their role in armed struggle against the country, armed or organized drug trafficking, rape, armed robbery, arms smuggling, abduction, bribery and embezzlement.

Eid al-Adha (the Feast of Sacrifice) marks the end of the hajj pilgrimage and is one of the most significant holidays in the Muslim calendar.

Eid al-Ghadeer is also a festive day observed by Shiite Muslims on the 18th of Dhu al-Hijjah in the Islamic calendar to commemorate the appointment of Ali ibn Abi Talib by the Prophet Mohammad (PUBH) as his immediate successor.

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