President Akufo-Addo grants amnesty to 808 prisoners

The President of the Republic of Ghana has granted amnesty to 808 prisoners.

This is based on the recommendation of the Prisons Service Council and in consultation with the Council of State the Director-General of Prisons said.

This is in accordance with Article 72 (1) of the 1992 Constitution.

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The categories of convicts affected are as below:

  1. First offenders – 783
  2. Seriously ill – 11
  3. Inmates on death row to serve life imprisonment – 7
  4. Inmates serving life sentence to have sentence commuted to 20 years definite term – 4
  5. Very old prisoners 70 years and above – 3

It explained that, the first offenders totaling 783 who have served half of their sentences, 11 seriously ill prisoners and three aged (very old) prisoners are to be released outright.

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However, sentences of 7 prisoners on death row would be serve life imprisonment, while 4 prisoners serving life sentence will go on 20 years definite term.