08 April 2020 :
Tunisian President Kais Saied on 31 March 2020 granted a special pardon to 1,420 inmates in order to reduce the country's prison population amid the spread of the coronavirus, official news agency TAP reported.
In his decree, Saied also called for disinfecting prisons and supporting medical units fighting the pandemic.
The pardon comes two weeks after Tunisia released more than 1,800 prisoners on its Independence Day. The country had also released 2,400 inmates in January, coinciding with the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.