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Syrian President Bashar Assad. Photo: AFP/Getty

Syrian President Bashar Assad. Photo: AFP/Getty

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Syrian President Bashar Assad. Photo: AFP/Getty

Syrian President Bashar Assad has issued a new decree granting amnesty and reducing sentences for all crimes committed before September 14.

Similar amnesties have been issued on several occasions since Syria's crisis began in March 2011.

According to the latest pardon, life terms will replace death sentences, and a 20-year sentence will replace life sentences. Prisoners with incurable diseases, including cancer, will be freed, it said.

There is also an amnesty for military deserters who return within three months for those inside the country, and within six months outside.

Irish Independent