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Pres to grant clemency to minor crimes’ inmates if “not a threat”

Police taking a man under custody. PHOTO/POLICE

The Maldives passed a regulation to grant clemency to convicts of minor crimes under the president’s initiative on condition that the convict is not charged with any major criminal offences and is not regarded as a “threat” to society.

Initially, the regulation on granting clemency under the president’s initiative stated that clemency may be granted to convicts of minor crimes upon completion of one fourth of their sentences. However, this part of the regulation has been abolished and amended.

The newly rectified regulation states that the president may grant clemency if the convict has no charges of any serious crimes, is not classified as a threat to society, and no longer has the opportunity to appeal their case.

As per the regulation, a seven-member technical committee has to be created within the Ministry of Home Affairs to act as an advisory committee to the president. This committee should include members from Maldives Police Service, Correctional Service, two public representatives, an official of the Home Ministry and a medical doctor.

The committee is mandated to collect information on eligible convicts, conduct their assessments and forward them to the President’s Office.

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Source URL: Mihaaru-News

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