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Vietnam grants amnesty to prisoners on occasion of national day

  • Source: Xinhua
  • [15:39 September 01 2009]
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Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet decided to grant amnesty to 5,459 prisoners on the occasion of the 64th anniversary of the country's August Revolution and National Day.

Among prisoners granted amnesty, 19 are foreigners, said Le The Tiem, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Public Security.

This time, the eligible prisoners who receive amnesty also include 13 prisoners who committed crimes relating to national security, according to Tiem.

The amnesty demonstrates Vietnam's clement policy and humane tradition of Vietnamese people for offenders, said Giang Son, Vice Chairman of the Vietnamese President Office.

Eligible prisoners are those who have shown good results in the rehabilitation process, and met conditions for the amnesty this year, according to Son.