Colonel Yazan Al-Humsi, President of the First Military Court in Damascus, described Legislative Decree 22/2014 in the following manner as related to Ba’ath Party sources:
The law applies to all crimes committed before June 9, 2014 and is enacted in conjunction with prior Amnesty laws like 70/2013.
All felonies and misdemeanors, their findings and sentences are affected.
It is a unique amnesty law because it encompasses partial reductions in sentence to 1/4, 1/2 or 1/3 of the periods and grants to the accused complete restoration of his rights after he has served out his sentence.
As far as the Code of Military Justice is concerned, all 172 provisions are affected except those having to do with espionage, high treason or recruitment for the enemy.
The law is designed to be both anticipatory and preventive, giving all citizens the chance to come forward and turn their weapons in within 2 months.