Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei pardoned or commuted prison terms of 102 convicts that had been found guilty by the Iranian Armed Force’s judiciary system.
The Supreme Leader granted amnesty on Sunday at the request of Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli Larijani, who submitted the list of the 102 convicts that have been recognized to deserve pardon or reduction in their sentences.
They were given pardon on the occasion of some Islamic festivities and of the anniversary of liberation of Khorramshahr, a city in southwestern Iran, which had been occupied by the Iraq’s Baathist army in the early 1980s.
The strategic city was recaptured by the Iranian armed forces in May 1982.
Article 110 of the Constitution grants the Supreme Leader the right to pardon or reduce the sentences of convicts upon a recommendation from the head of the Judiciary.
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.