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Iran's supreme leader grants amnesty to 950 prisoners

Iran's supreme leader grants amnesty to 950 prisoners

world Updated: Mar 17, 2009 16:47 IST

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has granted amnesty to 950 prisoners earlier convicted by various courts in the country, IRNA reported on Tuesday.

The decision was made on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Prophet of Islam on March 15. The pardon was made at the request of Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi.

The Islamic Republic of Iran usually grants pardon or commutes the punishment of those convicted by the country's tribunals during the Iranian national or religious events.