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Thursday 31 July 2014

Syria's 'amnesty' excludes rebels

Published 24/10/2012|05:00

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President Bashar al-Assad issued a general "amnesty" yesterday for crimes committed during the 19-month Syrian uprising.

PRESIDENT Bashar al-Assad (right) issued a general "amnesty" yesterday for crimes committed during the 19-month Syrian uprising -- except for those carried out by the "terrorist" rebels. The amnesty was designed as a show of goodwill on the part of the Syrian regime towards implementing a UN-brokered temporary ceasefire for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, which begins on Friday.

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The decree reduces sentences for criminals who have turned themselves in, so that, for example, the punishment for those on death row is now "life sentence with hard labour".

(© Daily Telegraph, London)

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