Lower House approves General Pardon draft Law


Published: 2024-03-26 13:46

Last Updated: 2024-06-15 14:44

Lower House approves General Pardon draft Law
Lower House approves General Pardon draft Law

The House of Representatives has approved the draft of the General Pardon Law for the year 2024 as it was referred to the Parliament with no amendments.

The draft law comes in compliance with the directives of His Majesty King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein to the government to prepare a draft law for a general pardon and to proceed with its constitutional procedures, on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee of His Majesty's assumption of his constitutional powers and his ascension to the throne.

The draft law, in accordance with His Majesty's directives, takes into account the public interest, preserves personal and civil rights in accordance with the principles of justice and the rule of law, and does not contradict the requirements of national security and social peace.

The King expressed hope that the pardon would offer a chance to those at correctional and rehabilitation centers to return to their social lives, and to actively engage within society, while respecting the rule of law and citizens’ rights.

The Minister of Justice stated earlier that the General Pardon Law will include all cases and crimes that occurred before March 19th, 2024, indicating that 7,355 inmates will be covered by the law.

The Pardon will not include civil cases to safeguard personal rights, and is aimed to alleviate burdens on citizens and included all fines except those related to income tax, sales tax, and customs.

He further added that the draft law takes into consideration the “requirements of national security and social peace.”

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