The Supreme Leader has pardoned or commuted the prison terms of 809 convicts in a move to mark the anniversary of the formation of the Islamic Republic (April 1).
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Tuesday pardoned or commuted the prison terms of 809 convicts sentenced by various Iranian courts.
The pardon was granted at the request of the Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli Larijani to mark the anniversary of the formation of the Islamic Republic (April 1).
Article 110 of the Constitution grants the Supreme Leader the right to pardon or reduce the sentences of convicts upon 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.