77 Prisoners Endorsed for Royal Pardon in Upcoming Visak Bochea Day

Government has endorsed 77 prisoners � nine of them are women � for royal pardon during the upcoming Visak Bochea day, according to local media report.

H.E. Kim Santepheap, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Justice, was quoted in the report, explaining that the 77 prisoners were selected from the total of 252 inmates nominated for the royal pardon consideration.

Of the number, 37 (3 women) are endorsed for jail-term reduction of six months, 14 (one woman) for the reduction of nine months, and 22 (4 women) for the reduction of twelve months � he said.

The spokesperson added that rest 4 prisoners (one woman) were allowed to get the royal pardon for completion of their jail term.

There are currently 2,441 female prisoners in Cambodia, 44 of them are pregnant and 126 are inmates with kids.

It is a usual practice in Cambodia that the government allows the consideration of inmates with special condition and good performance to be granted royal pardon or jail term reduction during major traditional celebrations, like Khmer New Year, Visak Bochea, and Water Festival.

Inmates qualified for the royal pardon are those who have served at least two-thirds of jail term, while those qualified for jail term reduction are those who have already served at least one-third, and must behave well while serving in jail.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press