(MENAFN) In line with the official media, Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, has decided to pardon "tens of thousands" of convicts, including those found guilty of participating in recent riots and rallies.
The action took place in conjunction with the Iranian Islamic Revolution's 44th anniversary, which is observed there from February 1 to February 11.
According to state news agency IRNA, those who took part in the protests and riots may have their sentences reduced or be completely absolved as long as they are not charged with espionage or making contact with foreign intelligence agents, did not harm state property, or injured or killed anyone during the riots.
Baed on the reports, Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejei, the head of Iran's judiciary, asked Khamenei to grant him the pardons. Similar rulings are frequently made by the supreme leader at numerous religious celebrations.
Although the precise number of persons covered by the amnesty is unknown, "tens of thousands" were reportedly in line for forgiveness, according to IRNA. Furthermore, it is unknown how many of them were found guilty for taking part in the demonstrations.
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