1043 GMT June 30, 2022
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has pardoned or commuted the sentences handed down to 1,542 convicts as Iranians along with other Muslims in the world prepare to celebrate Eid al-Fitr which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.
On Saturday, Ayatollah Khamenei responded positively to a letter from Iranian Judiciary Chief Hojjatoleslam Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei requesting the Leader to pardon or reduce the sentences of 1,542 eligible inmates on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, IRNA reported.
The inmates had been found guilty by public courts, the Islamic Revolution tribunals, the Judicial Organization of the Armed Forces and the State Discretionary Punishment Organization.
Eid al-Fitr, one of the most important religious holidays in Islam, celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-dusk fasting during the entire month of Ramadan.
The occasion falls on the first day of the lunar calendar month of Shawwal, the start of which varies based on the sighting of the new moon by local religious authorities.
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 struggle against the country, armed or organized drug trafficking, rape, armed robbery, arms smuggling, abduction, bribery and embezzlement.