Tanzanian leader commutes death sentences for 256 prisoners

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Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Saturday commuted death sentences for 256 prisoners as part of commemorations for the coming Union Day, said the presidency.

Union Day is marked on April 26 to commemorate the creation of Tanzania through the union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar that merged on April 26, 1964.

A statement issued by the Directorate of Presidential Communication at State House said in commemorating the 56th Anniversary of the Union, the president has commuted death sentences for the 256 inmates.

“Their death sentences have now been adjusted to other punishments,” said the statement without giving details.

The statement added that President Magufuli also pardoned 3,717 prisoners who were serving various jail terms.

The head of state hoped that the pardoned prisoners will become good citizens and contribute toward national building, said the statement.

On December 9, 2019, Magufuli pardoned 5,533 prisoners serving jail terms across the east African nation, saying the move was aimed at easing congestion in prisons. Enditem

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