GHANA: PRESIDENT MAHAMA GRANTS PARDON TO 21 DEATH ROW INMATES
|John Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana
July 23, 2014: A statement issued by Deputy Minister of the Interior James Agalga said the President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana had granted amnesty to 1,104 prisoners in commemoration of 54th Republic Anniversary which fell on 1 July.
Twenty-one prisoners on death row who had served at least 10 years had their sentences commuted to life, while 71 prisoners serving life sentences and who had served at least 10 years had their sentences commuted to a definite term of 20 years.
The President exercised his prerogative of mercy under Article 72 of the Constitution and acted upon the advice of the Council of State and the recommendation of the Ghana Prison Service.
The statement said 1,001 first offenders, who had served at least half of their sentences, were recommended for outright release. The amnesty included nine seriously ill prisoners who were released on medical grounds. Another prisoner serving at the Presidentâs pleasure was recommended by the Medical Board for outright release, and one prisoner was released upon special recommendation.
âIt is important to note that those recommended for outright release have already been freed by the prison authorities,â the statement added. (Sources: GNA, 23/07/2014)