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Amnesty for 18,000 prisoners on National Day

Released at: 17:03, 01/09/2015

Amnesty for 18,000 prisoners on National Day

State release well-behaving prisoners.

by Tue Lam

Prisons all around the country have celebrated special amnesty ceremonies for prisoners, with more than 18,000 to be released from jail on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Vietnam’s National Day on September 2.

In Thanh Xuan Prison in Hanoi, 299 prisoners, including 138 men, 147 women, and 14 foreign prisoners were granted amnesty.

Addressing the ceremony at the prison, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said that, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the August Revolution and National Day, the Party and the State decided to grant special amnesty to inmates who have exhibited good behavior during their detention. “This is the Party and the State’s leniency policy and demonstrates the humanitarian traditions of Vietnam regarding prisoners and encourages them to be remorseful and become good citizens.”

The special amnesty was conducted transparently and democratically and was supported by people around the country.

The Deputy PM stressed that the policy of the Party and State is to resolutely punish recalcitrant criminals but offer clemency or pardons to offenders who recognize their mistakes and are remorseful. The State has created the conditions for them to re-integrate into the community, have the opportunity to change their life, and become useful citizens.

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