90 Inmates to Be Granted Royal Pardon and Jail Term Reduction

Ninety (90) prisoners, including 17 women, will be granted royal pardon and jail term reduction during the upcoming Water Festival.

The update was shared here yesterday by H.E. Kim Santepheap, Secretary of State and Spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice, after a meeting to examine the request for the royal pardon and jail term reduction.

The 90 endorsed detainees have been selected from a total of 512 inmates nominated for the royal pardon consideration. Of them, 10 (2 women) are endorsed for completion of jail term, 8 (a woman) for jail-term reduction of 12 months, 14 (a woman) for the reduction of 9 months, and 58 (13 women) for the reduction of 6 months.

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 Khmer New Year, Visak Bochea, and Water Festival.

Inmates qualified for the royal pardon are those who have served at least two-thirds of jail term, while those qualified for jail term reduction are those who have already served at least one-third, and must behave well while serving in jail.

Cambodia is going to celebrate the annual Water Festival from Nov. 10 to 12.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press