The Justice Ministry is reviewing pardon requests from more than 300 prisoners who hope to observe Pchum Ben at home with their families.
Ministry spokesman Chin Malin today said that the national committee for prisoner evaluation is now reviewing requests from 319 prisoners, including 133 women, in 20 prisons and four correctional centres who are seeking pardons or reduced jail terms.
He noted that prisoners who completed two-thirds of their sentence could request for a full pardon and those who served one-third could seek a reduction to their sentences, adding that good behaviour would count in their favour.
When asked if the ministry list includes political prisoners, or convicted former CNRP officials, Mr Malin said requests are made on humanitarian grounds.
“The national committee will not differentiate between political prisoners and normal prisoners,” he said. “Priority will be given to pregnant women, women with small children, elderly people and those who are sick.”
Mr Malin added that the committee will finish its review and submit its recommendations to Prime Minister Hun Sen by the end of this week.
Former CNRP lawmaker Ou Chanrath said today he is working with a lawyer to identify the exact number of former party officials, including ex-commune councillors, behind bars over political activities.
He said he plans to write to Mr Hun Sen and King Norodom Sihamoni to request political prisoners be freed for Pchum Ben.
Full story in Monday’s paper