EYEAFRICA TV: Dakar, SENGAL: Senegal’s president Macky Sall has offered a Presidential pardon to 527prisoners locked up for various offenses in the country’s prisons.
President Sall said the act was in exercise of his prerogative of mercy in the forgiving spirit of Muslims’ feast of Eid-ul-Fitr which marks the end of the Muslim month of Ramadan. Senegal joins the rest of the Muslim world to celebrate Eid on Friday after thirty days of fasting.
A statement from the Justice ministry explains that the inmates freed include 440 total remissions of sentences, 76 partial remissions of sentences, three minors and eight others with ailing health.
“President Sall remains faithful to his determined commitment to giving a second chance to a category of citizens temporarily in conflict with the law,” a statement from the presidency said.
The statement said the upsurge in cattle theft, rape, embezzlement of public funds, crimes and environmental offenses, such as illegal trafficking of timber or protected species, the Senegalese leader did not consider it appropriate to extend his clemency to perpetrators of such acts.
Earlier this year, January 2018 on New Year Day, President Sall pardoned 541 prisoners.
In April 2012, as part of events marking the Senegalese independence, President Sall also pardoned 1009 convicts who were incarcerated for various offenses in different prisons across the country. This was during his early days of presidency.