January 28, 2023

Over 280 Prisoners Assessed for Royal Pardon on January 7 Victory Day

A list of 283 prisoners, 27 of whom are women, has been endorsed for an assessment for the Royal Pardon on the January 7 Victory Day.
According to H.E. Kim Santepheap, Secretary of State and Spokesperson at the Ministry of Justice, of the prisoners, 282 (26 women) were requested for jail term reduction from 3 to 12 months, while 1 (a woman) for jail elimination.
The prisoners entitled for the evaluations are those who are aging, disabled, having chronic disease, and charged with minor crimes.
In addition, they must have served at least two thirds of their sentence for prisoners seeking term elimination, and one third for those requesting for term reduction.
It is a usual practice in Cambodia that the government allows the consideration of inmates with special condition and good performance to be granted royal pardon or jail term reduction during major traditional celebrations, like January 7 Victory Day, Khmer New Year, Visak Bochea, National Independence Day and Water Festival.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press