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National Day to set amnesty record

Update: July, 21/2015 - 08:15
Amnesty history will be made on the 70th National Day, September 2, with between 16,000 and 17,000 prisoners set free and granted clemency. — Illustrative image/ Photo antt
HA NOI (VNS) — Amnesty history will be made on the 70th National Day, September 2, with between 16,000 and 17,000 prisoners set free and granted clemency.

Nguyen Ngoc Bang, head of the General Department for Enforcement of Criminal Sentences and Judicial Assistance, said yesterday that the biggest-ever pardon aims to motivate prisoners to reform themselves so that they can return to society sooner than scheduled.

He added that foreign prisoners who have rehabilitated themselves and displayed good behaviour will also be considered for Amnesty under Vietnamese laws.

The amnesty list is scheduled to be submitted in late August to the State President for his consideration and decision.

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who chaired a meeting of the Central Advisory Council on Amnesty yesterday, stressed that the right inmates should benefit from clemency, so that justice is served in an objective manner.

He also asked press agencies and localities to strengthen awareness campaigns towards eliminating stigma against the released prisoners and helping them stabilise their lives. — VNS

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