Leader pardons, reduces sentences of 691 convicts
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei pardoned or commuted the sentences of a number of Iranian convicts on the occasion of the Eid al-Fitr.
Ayatollah Khamenei on Sunday agreed to a request by Iran’s Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raeisi to pardon or reduce the sentences of 691 eligible inmates convicted.
The inmates had been found guilty by public courts, the Islamic Revolution tribunals, the Judicial Organization of the Armed Forces and the State Discretionary Punishment Organization, Press TV reported.
In an earlier letter to the Leader, the Iranian judiciary chief had asked for clemency for the eligible convicts on the occasion of the Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
The fasting month of Ramadan – the ninth month on the Islamic calendar -- ends with the celebration of Eid al-Fitr, which is one of the main religious holidays in Islam.
The occasion falls on the first day of the lunar calendar month of Shawwal, the start of which varies based on the sighting of the new moon by local religious authorities.
Also on Sunday, the Iranian Judiciary spokesman rejected media reports that the name of Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese citizen who was detained in 2015 for spying, is on the list of those inmates who have been pardoned by the Leader.
Iran has received an amnesty request from Beirut for the Lebanese citizen but has yet to make a decision on the case, said Gholamhossein Esmaeili.
Lebanon state news agency, NNA, last week quoted the Foreign Ministry as saying that Iran had agreed to amnesty for Zakka, an information technology expert who was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2016 and fined $4.2 million.
“We have received a request filed by the accused and other Lebanese officials to grant amnesty and release him. We are looking into this request as a special case,” Esmaeili was quoted as saying by the Judiciary’s official website, Mizan.
Media reports suggested that the head of Lebanon’s General Security, Abbas Ibrahim, traveled to Tehran on Sunday to facilitate the release of Zakka from prison, according to a statement from the agency.