Mass presidential pardon for quarter of prisoners in Burundi

Mass presidential pardon for quarter of prisoners in Burundi

Burundi began Monday releasing a quarter of its jail population under a mass presidential pardon, but prisoners’ rights groups voiced concern they were just making room for more political inmates. A first group of 300 were released from the Mpimba central prison in Bujumbura, but authorities aim to free some 2,500 of the total, which […]

Netanyahu backs pardon for Israeli soldier convicted of manslaughter

Netanyahu backs pardon for Israeli soldier convicted of manslaughter

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday said he supported pardoning the young soldier convicted of manslaughter for shooting dead a wounded Palestinian assailant in the occupied West Bank. The decision to court-martial Sergeant Elor Azaria, who shot the Palestinian after the assailant stabbed another Israeli soldier last March has stirred public controversy in Israel […]