December 24, 2016 by Staff Reporter
Malawi President Professor Peter Mutharika has pardoned 644 prisoners as part of this year’s Christmas and New Year Celebrations.
According to a media statement issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal, 362 out of the total prisoners that have been pardoned and remitted their sentences are those serving sentence of three years and below.
The Statement pointed out that the President has reduced their sentences by six months.
“The prisoners who have been pardoned and reduced sentences are those who are charged with minor offense and have demonstrated good behavioral reform or are chronically ill,” it reads.
The Statement says the pardon of the 282 prisoners and remission of sentences of 362 by the president is a symbol of forgiveness during this year’s Christmas and New Year Celebrations.