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    Iranian Supreme Leader Pardons Nearly 700 Convicts to Celebrate End of Ramadan

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei pardoned or commuted prison terms of 691 convicts in celebration of the Islamic Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of the Ramadan holy month.

    "On the occasion of the auspicious ‘Eid al-Fitr, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution—Ayatollah Khamenei—agreed with the request to pardon, reduce or change the penalty of 691 eligible convicts at the Public and Revolutionary Courts, the Judicial Organization of Armed Forces, and the State Discretionary Punishment Organization", a statement on Khamenei's official website read.

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    According to the Iran Front Page news outlet, the pardon excludes people convicted for drug trafficking, arms smuggling, embezzlement, rape and anyone who was involved in an armed struggle against the government.

    Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, celebrated by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, meditation and community.

    The celebration of the 2019 holy Muslim month of Ramadan started on 5 May and ended on 3 June.

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