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Justice Minister to review 252 pardon requests

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The child who lived along with their mother inside prison. KT/ Chor Sokunthea

Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana will lead a meeting tomorrow to review requests for pardons or sentence reductions from 252 prisoners, including 16 women, to coincide with Visak Bochea Day on May 18.

Kim Santepheap, Justice Ministry spokesman announced on Saturday that Mr Vong Vathana, chairman of the National Commission for the Evaluation of Prisoners, will meet with representatives of relevant institutions to consider the requests.

“The requests were raised by the directors of 22 municipal and provincial prisons and also three correctional centres,” he noted.

Lieutenant General Och Pong, deputy director-general of the General Department of Prisons, today said some of the prisoners requested a sentence reduction or pardon based on their good behaviour while serving their sentences.

“Generally, all prisoners can request to reduce their sentence or for pardons but consideration will be given to those who have shown that they have reformed and who qualify,” he said.

Lt Gen Pong said he did not know if there were any foreigners, political or land activists among the 252 who made requests.

“I have just came back from a mission in a province, so I have not seen the document yet,” he said.

Full story in Monday’s paper


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