Leader Pardons, Commutes Sentences of 3,458 Prisoners
TEHRAN (FNA)- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei pardoned or commuted prison terms of a large number of convicts sentenced by various Iranian courts.
Ayatollah Khamenei agreed with granting clemency to 3,458 convicts of different Iranian courts.
He issued the approval on Saturday on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and Imam Jafar Sadeq (AS) the sixth Imam of Shiites.
The pardon was made at the request of the country's Judiciary Chief Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejeyee.
Iran's Constitution grants the Supreme Leader the right to pardon or commute 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 found guilty of armed fight against the country, armed or organized drug trafficking, rape, armed robbery, arms smuggling, abduction, bribery and embezzlement.