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Somali President pardons prisoners as country celebrates the Independence day

BARTAMAHA — Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has on Tuesday signed to pardon the first group of inmates of Mogadishu Central Prison amid Presidential Executive Order to review the situation and cases of all inmates.

the first prisoners released 13, are part of 110 inmates of Mogadishu Central Prison to be released the coming days as the country celebrates the Independence Week.

Last month, the President signed an Executive Order in which he assigned a special committee to review and report on the situation and cases of the inmates of all prisons.

Some of the 13 released on Tuesday were convicted for years for unpaid bills while some were sentenced to even five years due to dispute on debt hey could not repay.

According to Nur Diriye, the chair of the Special Committee assigned to review the prisoners’ situation, the government will pay all debts and bills for which the pardoned inmates were convicted for.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of the Custodial Corps said the prison needed such review due to its overcrowded inmates who some of them are even facing very minor offenses.

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