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Fifty prisoners selected for pardons, official says

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Prisoners pardoned every Khmer New Year. Chor Sokunthear.

The Ministry of Justice on Wednesday decided to select 50 out of the 321 prisoners who requested royal pardons and reduction in their sentence from the king to coincide with Khmer New Year.

The national committee for prisoner evaluation on April 4 was reviewing 321 inmates, including 28 women from 20 prisons and four correctional centres.

Kim Santepheap, spokesman for the Ministry of Justice, said on Wednesday that the committee selected 50 prisoners, 8 of whom requested pardon to be released and other 42 requested reduction in their sentences.

“We decided to select 50 prisoners out of the 321 prisoners to send their names to Samdech Prime Minister Hun Sen for his signature and then we will forward it to the king for pardon and reduction of their sentences,” Mr Santepheap said.

“All of them are not involved with brutal crime and drug trafficking crime,” Mr Santepheap said.

According to the law, prisoners who completed two-thirds of their sentence could request a pardon to be released while prisoners who completed one-third could request a pardon for a reduction in their sentence, officials said.

In late 2015, Mr Hun Sen asked an inter-ministerial committee responsible for prisoners’ sentence reductions to stop pardoning inmates with a history of robbery and drug crimes, over fears they could re-offend.

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