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GHANA: PRESIDENT MAHAMA FREES 900 PRISONERS

June 30, 2015: President John Mahama has freed some 900 prisoners ahead of tomorrow’s Republic Day holiday.
Tomorrow marks Ghana’s 55th year as a republic after it weaned itself from British colonial rule. The amnesty granted is a yearly activity exercised by the president.
Of the 900, 883 are first-time offenders who showed good behaviour after being sentenced. 14 out of the number who were on death row have also had their sentence reduced to life imprisonment.
A statement from the Interior Minister says the president expects them to be of good behaviour.
In 2013, some 900 prisoners were freed. Some 1104 others also gained their freedom in 2014.
The power to grant amnesty is stipulated under the Prerogative of Mercy in Article 72 of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana. (Sources: kasapafmonline.com, 30/06/2015)

USA: 462 PEOPLE SHOT DEAD BY POLICE THIS YEAR
SYRIA: ISLAMIC STATE BEHEADS FOUR FOR SORCERY, INCLUDING TWO WOMEN
SINGAPORE: HEROIN TRAFFICKER FAILS IN ATTEMPT TO ESCAPE DEATH PENALTY
IRAN: PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE MOHAMMAD ALI TAHERI SENTENCED TO DEATH
HANDS OFF CAIN, U.S. SUPREME COURT SHOULD EVALUATE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF DEATH PENALTY ITSELF
IRAN: DEATH SENTENCES ISSUED FOR 10 INDIVIDUALS IN SOUTHEASTERN PRISON
ALMOST EXECUTED BY MISSISSIPPI, MICHELLE BYROM FREE
NIGERIA: NINE PEOPLE SENTENCED TO DEATH BY KANO SHARIA COURT FOR BLASPHEMY AGAINST ISLAM
JAPAN: MURDERER CONVICT EXECUTED, GOVERNMENT ABE’S TWELFTH EXECUTION
CHINA: THREE DRUG SMUGGLERS EXECUTED
TEXAS (USA): NO DEATH SENTENCES IN THE LAST 6 MONTHS
USA: TSARNAEV FORMALLY SENTENCED TO 6 DEATH SENTENCES
LOUISIANA (USA): EXECUTIONS ON HOLD FOR AT LEAST A YEAR AS STATE SORTS OUT DEATH PENALTY METHOD
FRANCE DOING EVERYTHING IT CAN TO SAVE SERGE FROM EXECUTION
SAUDI CONFIRMS DEATH PENALTIES FOR MURDERS OF 4 FRENCH
KUWAIT: PINAY CONVICT RETURNS HOME AFTER 10-YEAR DETENTION
UN: ISLAMIC STATE COMMITTING ATROCITIES ON 'AN INDUSTRIAL SCALE'
ZIMBABWE: MAN WHO RIPPED 83 YR OLD' STOMACH AND ROBBED SENTENCED TO DEATH
SOUTH CAROLINA (USA): GOVERNOR NIKKI HALEY CALLS FOR DEATH PENALTY FOR DYLANN ROOF IN CHURCH SHOOTINGS
IRAN: WRITER SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR APOSTASY
INDIA: MAN AWARDED CAPITAL PUNISHMENT FOR RAPING EIGHT-YEAR-OLD GIRL
TEXAS (USA): GREGORY RUSSEAU EXECUTED
PAKISTAN: TEN OTHER CONVICTED OF MURDER HANGED IN VARIOUS CITIES
YEMEN: AL QAEDA EXECUTES SAUDI MEMBERS FOR 'SPYING'
IRAN: DRUG SMUGGLER HANGED IN PUBLIC
BANGLADESH: HIGHEST COURT UPHOLDS DEATH SENTENCE OF TOP ISLAMIST
SAUDI ARABIA: TWO MURDERERS BEHEADED
EGYPT: DEATH SENTENCE AGAINST EX PRESIDENT MORSI UPHELD
IRAN: 25 PRISONERS WERE HANGED IN GOHARDASHT PRISON, KARAJ, WEST OF TEHRAN
KENYA: MP PROPOSES BILLS TO ABOLISH DEATH PENALTY

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