Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei pardoned or commuted prison terms of a large number of convicts sentenced by various Iranian courts.
The move was made on Thursday on the eve of the auspicious birth anniversary of Shiites’ 12th Imam, Imam Mahdi (may God hasten his reappearance).
Ayatollah Khamenei agreed with granting clemency to a sum of 1,052 convicts of different Iranian courts.
The pardon was made at the request of the country’s Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani.
Article 110 of the Constitution grants the Supreme Leader the right to pardon or reduce the sentences of convicts upon a recommendation from the head of the Judiciary.
The Article does not apply to all types of convicts, specially those who have been sentenced for their role in armed struggle against the Islamic Republic, armed or organized drug trafficking, rape, armed robbery, arms smuggling, abduction, bribery and embezzlement.