Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Kenya commutes all death sentences to life in jail

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday signed documents to commute all death sentences to life imprisonment.

A total of 2,747 convicts, including 2,655 males and 92 females, will be removed from the death row, Kenyatta said in a statement.

The last commutation of death sentences to life imprisonment was done in 2009 by the then President Mwai Kibaki.

Apart from the commutation, Kenyatta also signed a pardon warrant to release 102 long-term serving convicts.

The move came after Kenyatta last Thursday pardoned 7,000 petty offenders who were about to clear their sentences and reiterated his call to the judiciary to speed up the conclusion of graft cases pending in court.

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