0747 GMT September 18, 2021
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has authorized the pardon or commutation of the sentences of 2,825 Iranians convicts on the occasion of two Muslim feasts of Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Ghadir.
The convicts had been sentenced by the country’s public and revolutionary courts, the Judicial Organization of the Armed Forces and the State Discretionary Punishment Organization, IRNA reported.
Eid al-Adha, meaning the Feast of Sacrifice, fell on July 21 this year; and Eid al-Ghadir, the day when Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) appointed Ali ibn Abi Talib (PBUH) as his successor and Muslims’ next leader was celebrated on July 29.
The proposal for the pardon or commutation of the sentences of the eligible convicts was presented to the Leader in a letter by Iran’s newly appointed Judiciary Chief Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei.
Earlier, the official in charge of monitoring law enforcement at the State Discretionary Punishment Organization, Alireza Nournejad, said Ayatollah Khamenei pardoned or commuted the sentences of 388 Iranians convicted by the organization.
He added the Leader also agreed to suspend or mitigate the sentences of a total of 5,165 convicts on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Imam Reza (PBUH), the eighth Imam of Shias, and the National Judiciary Week, Press TV reported.
The Leader regularly issues such orders on various celebratory occasions.
Article 110 of the Constitution grants the Leader the right to pardon or reduce the sentences of convicts upon a recommendation from the Judiciary chief.
The clemency, however, does not apply to all types of convicts, including those who have been sentenced for their role in armed struggles against the country, armed or organized drug trafficking, rape, armed robbery, arms smuggling, abduction, bribery and embezzlement.