“At the occasion of the New Year 2016, graceful remission of sentences are granted to persons sentenced for imprisonment under conditions,” said a decree signed by Rajaonarimampianina.

jailThe president reduced by three months jail terms for prisoners in jail less than one year, by six months those imprisoned for one year to three years, and by one year for those in jail for three years to five years.

He reduced by 18 months prisoners in jail more than five years, by 12 months prisoners sentenced to forced labor more than five years.

The president made free totally prisoners already finished 15 years of jail and are already 60 years and more.

However, people jailed for misappropriation of public funds, corruption, money laundering, illicit trafficking of fauna and flora, on mining trafficking, and kidnapping are not included.

The reduction on prisoners’ terms is a usual occurrence in Madagascar during the annual New Year greetings of the presidential couple. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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