Dr Mwinyi pardoned them in accordance to Article 59 of the 1984 Zanzibar Constitution that empowers him to pardon prisoners sentenced to jail terms.
Dr Mwinyi said he had pardoned 46 prisoners in Unguja and three in Pemba to commemorate the 57th Zanzibar Revolution being marked today.
The clemency is given every year during Zanzibar Revolution celebrations and involves prisoners who are very old, those with serious ailments, those jailed for petty offences who have a short time to stay in jail and those who have shown good conduct while in prison.
The granted clemency does not cover those prisoners whose crimes included premeditated murder, armed robbery, theft of public funds and property, gender based violence and child abuse or illicit drugs. Read More...https://epaper.ippmedia.com