Iran grants clemency to over 5,000 prisoners

Iran grants clemency to over 5,000 prisoners

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Tehran: Iran s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has granted clemency to more than 5,000 prisoners to mark a Shiite religious holiday, a statement on his official website said Saturday.

The statement gave no details of the identity of the 5,156 prisoners who were pardoned or had their sentences reduced.

Last Tuesday was to commemorate the birthday of Imam Reza, one of the most respected figures in Shia Islam, and amnesty.

His birthday is one of several religious holidays, and the Supreme Leader will treat prisoners with leniency every year.

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