Cambodia to pardon or reduce jail terms for 84 prisoners on Visak Bochea, or Buddha Day

Eighty-four prisoners in Cambodia are eligible to receive royal pardons or reduced sentences for the Visak Bochea, or Buddha Day, which this year falls on Wednesday (May 6), a spokesman said on Tuesday.

Justice Ministry spokesman Kim Santhepheap said prisons across the country had proposed 273 prisoners for royal pardons or jail-term reduction on the occasion, but after a recent meeting, Justice Minister Koeut Rith decided to request King Norodom Sihamoni through the government to grant royal pardons or reduce jail terms for 84 inmates only, including eight women.

“Ten prisoners, including two women, will receive royal pardons, and 74 others will see their jail terms reduced between six months and one year,” he told reporters.

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