Leader Pardons, Commutes Sentences of over 2,800 Prisoners

15:44 - July 31, 2021
News ID: 3475379
TEHRAN (IQNA) – Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei approved a proposal to pardon or commute the sentences of a large number of Iranian prisoners sentenced by various courts in the country on the auspicious occasions of Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Ghadir.  


Upon the decree by Ayatollah Khamenei, 2,825 prisoners found guilty by various Iranian courts were pardoned or their sentences have been commuted.

The pardon was granted at the request of the country’s Judiciary Chief Hojat-ol-Islam Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejei.

Eid al-Adha is one of the most important Islamic festivals held after the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.

Also known as the sacrifice feast, it is celebrated to honor the dedication and willingness of Prophet Abraham (AS) to sacrifice his son as an act of submission on God’s command.

The event of Ghadir, or Eid al-Ghadir, is celebrated by Shia Muslims around the world every year. It is among important feasts and happy holidays of Shia Muslims held on the 18th day of Dhul Hijja in the lunar Hijri calendar.

It was the day when according to reports, the Holy Prophet (PBUH) appointed Ali ibn Abi Talib (AS) as his caliph and the Imam after himself following an order from God.

Article 110 of the Constitution grants the Leader the right to pardon or reduce 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 sentenced for their role in armed struggle against the country, armed or organized drug trafficking, rape, armed robbery, arms smuggling, abduction, bribery and embezzlement.



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