Iran Leader Pardons, Commutes Sentences of Over 1,000 Inmates

Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has granted clemency to 1,070 convicts found guilty by various Iranian courts.

The pardon was granted on Monday upon the proposal of Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi, on the occasion of two Muslim festivals, namely Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Ghadeer.

Eid al-Ghadeer, which will be celebrated in Iran on Tuesday, marks the appointment of the first Shiite Imam, Ali ibn Abi Talib (AS), by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as his successor.

Article 110 of the Constitution grants the 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 several 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.

   
   

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