Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi is pardoning about 1,500 prisoners who are regarded as having been rehabilitated.
In a live address to the nation on national radio and television on Wednesday, 19 December 2018, Nyusi said the names of 1,498 inmates to be pardoned was drawn up “after profound and specialist work.”
Among those pardoned would be the aged and those who are of poor health, “so that they can receive the necessary treatment outside of prison.”
He took “this decision moved by the spirit of humanism and compassion, by respect and protection of the dignity of the human person, and by the solidarity that characterises the democratic rule of law and Mozambican society in general.”
Nyusi urged Mozambicans to receive the prisoners pardoned “in a spirit of reconciliation and forgiveness”.
The release of almost 1,500 prisoners is expected to be received with excitement amid revelations that the Mozambican prison system is overstretched.
According to figures from the Attorney General’s Office, the number of prisoners in Mozambican jails is more than double the carrying capacity of the facilities.