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Al-Assad Pardons Crimes Committed Before April 16
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday issued legislative decree No. 23 for the year 2013 stipulating pardoning the crimes committed before April 16, 2013 .
"President Assad has issued decree number 23, granting a general amnesty for crimes committed" prior to Tuesday, the Syrian state news agency, SANA, reported on Tuesday.
The state-run agency added that under the decree, the death penalty of the criminals will be commuted to a life sentence.
According to the President's decree, Syrians "who joined a terrorist organization will only have to serve a quarter of their sentences," adding "The decision does not apply to those who avoided conscription."
Damascus has repeatedly called on the armed foreign-sponsored militants to lay down their weapons and engage in a dialogue with the government.
Several international human rights organizations have accused the foreign-sponsored militants of committing war crimes.
Source: SANA, edited by moqawama.org
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