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Syria – Video News – ENG – 23 October 2012

President al-Assad Grants General Amnesty for Crimes Committed before October 23, 2012

President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday issued the legislative decree No. 71 for 2012 stipulating for granting a general amnesty for the crimes committed before October 23, 2012.

The decree replaces death penalty with life sentence of hard labor or long imprisonment sentence according to the crime.

It also replaces life sentence of hard labor with 20 years imprisonment with hard labor, and it replaces the life imprisonment sentence with 20 years imprisonment.

The decree grants amnesty for the whole of life and permanent sentence for people with incurable diseases and the whole permanent sentence for people who completed seventy years of age by the issuance of the decree.

It also includes the whole life sentence for those who completed seventy years of age providing that the crime had been committed before they were sixty.

Crimes of smuggling weapons and drug trafficking are excluded from the provision of this decree.

The decree’s terms don’t include the fugitives from justice unless they turn themselves in within 30 days for internal flight.

Justice Minister: Amnesty Decree Gives Opportunity for Fugitives to Have Their Situation Settled

Minister of Justice, Najm Ahmad al-Ahmad, described in a statement to SANA Legislative Decree No. 71 as ‘the most inclusive’ in the history of the Syrian Arab Republic, saying it came in the framework of social tolerance, national unity and the requirements of co-existence.

He highlighted the coinciding of the issuance of the Decree with the upcoming occasion of Eid al-Adha, stressing that this Decree is a step in a related series announced by President Bashhar al-Assad on several occasions.

The Minister noted that the Decree gives an opportunity for fugitives and wanted persons to have their situation settled, hoping that this will be a chance to come back to society with a new spirit where everybody contributes to building the homeland and consolidating the bonds of national unity and enhancing social security and stability.

F. Allafi/ H. Zain/ H. Said


Syria – Video Nouvelles – FRA – 23 Octobre 2012

Le président al-Assad promulgue un décret législatif stipulant amnistie générale pour les crimes commis avant le 23-10-2012

Damas / Le président Bachar al-Assad a promulgué aujourd’hui, mardi, le décret législatif N° 71 stipulant amnistie générale pour les crimes commis avant le 23-10-2012.

Selon le décret, la punition de la peine capitale sera remplacée par celle des travaux forcés à perpétuité, tandis que la punition des travaux forcés à perpétuité sera substituée par les travaux forcés provisoires.

Le décret a amnistié les détenus atteints par une maladie incurable.

Le décret fait exception de l’amnistie les crimes de trafic d’armes et de stupéfiants.

L.H./R.B. – SANA



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