Tunisia: Revolution Day, 919 detainees pardoned

154 released on 10th anniversary of ousting of Ben Alì

14 January, 11:34

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, JANUARY 14 - Tunisian President Kais Saied decided to grand pardons to 919 detainees on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Tunisian Revolution of January 14 when former president Zine El Abidine Ben Alì was forced out of power.

    The decision was made after a meeting with Tunisian Justice Minister Mohamed Boussetta.

    The measure provides for the immediate release of 154 detainees and a reduction in prison time for the others.

    The granting of the pardons was evaluated by a special commission that examined a caseload of 2,350 prisoners, following the requisites of the principles of equality, the nature of the crime, the time spent in prison, and good behavior. Criminals convicted of serious crimes were excluded, including those convicted of terrorism and incitement to hate.

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