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Akufo-Addo grants amnesty to 794 prisoners

Akufo-Addo grants amnesty to prisoners || President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has granted amnesty to 794 prisoners in Ghana as part of efforts to decongest the prisons in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

A statement signed by Patrick Darko Missah, Director General of Prisons, on Thursday, July 2 said: “The president of the Republic  His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in consultation with the Council of State, in commemoration of workers day  1st May 2020 and in a bid  to mitigate the dangers  posed by congestion in the prisons,  especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, has in accordance with Article 72 (1)  of the 1992 constitution , granted amnesty to seven hundred and Ninety For (794) deserving prisoners.”

The categories of convict affected are as follows:

First offenders, 772, Very old prisoners (70yrs and above) 16; seriously ill 4 death sentence commuted to life imprisonment 2.

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“The first offenders totaling 772 who have served at least half of their sentences, 16 very old prisoners and 5 seriously ill are to be released outright.

“However, 2 prisoners on death row will have their sentences commuted to life imprisonment.”

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