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36 inmates get early presidential pardon

THIRTY-SIX inmates eligible for a presidential pardon will be released early, ahead of the mid-August holidays, the acting governor of the Central Prisons has said.
Anna Aristotelous said that, following a recommendation from the attorney-general, the president has pardoned 36 individuals convicted for petty offences, including non-payment of debts and forgery.
These comprise 30 Cypriots and six foreign nationals. According to Aristotelous, they were all set to be released by September 30, and have already served half their sentence, making them eligible for early release.
Persons convicted for murder or attempted murder, manslaughter, drugs or sex crimes are not eligible for early release.
According to media reports, several persons incarcerated for debts will be among those to be released, except for one man who must come up with €2500.
The releases are expected to help decongest the overcrowded prisons.
Back in April, 31 inmates likewise eligible for a presidential pardon, had been released ahead of Easter.

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