Leader of the Islamic Revolution Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei on Monday pardoned more than 2,000 convicts on the occasion of the birth anniversaries of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and the sixth Shiite Imam, Imam Jafar Sadiq (AS).
Imam Khamenei approved a proposal from Iran’s top judge to pardon or commute the prison terms of more than 2,000 convicts found guilty by various Iranian courts, Tasnim news agency reported.
Iran’s Judiciary Chief Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejei had sent a letter to the Leader, proposing a list of 2,284 convicts deserving clemency, the report added.
Article 110 of the Iranian 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 certain types of convicts, including those who have been sentenced for their role in the armed smuggling of narcotics, arms trafficking, kidnapping, acid attacks, rape, armed robbery, bribery, embezzlement, counterfeit money forgery, money laundering, disruption of economy, smuggling of alcoholic drinks, and organized smuggling of commodities.
Source: Iranian media