Zanzibar. Zanzibar President Ali Mohamed Shein has pardoned 12 prisoners as the Isles marks 55th years since the sultanate oligarchy was overthrown.
A statement by the secretary of the Revolutionary Council and Chief Secretary, Dr Abdulhamid Yahya Mzee, on Friday, January 11, 2019 says Dr Shein has pardoned the prisoners according to Article 59 of the Zanzibar Constitution of 1984.
“The remaining period in their jail terms have been scrapped and that the 12 people jailed in Unguja and Pemba should be officially released from today, Friday, January 11, 2019,” reads part of the statement.
Beneficiaries are Mushtaki Mustafa Hashim, Ramadhan Abubakar Jabu, Bakari Khamis Juma, Maulid Kheir Suleiman, Othman Ramadhan Shija, Faiz Juma Faiz and Ali Haji Ali, who come from Unguja.
From Pemba are Suleiman Ali Suleiman, Ali Omar Ali, Ibrahim Mbarouk Omar, Mohamed Othman Ali and Mbarouk Ali Mbarouk.
Those who are considered for forgiveness are the aged, those with chronic illnesses, people with offenses that can be easily transformed and those who have displayed good discipline when serving their sentences.
Prisoners convicted of murder, armed robbery, embezzlement of public funds, women and child abuse, drug abuse and chronic offenders are not considered for forgiveness.