Zimbabwe’s Mugabe grants amnesty to female, youth prisoners

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe granted amnesty to all female prisoners in the country, barring those on death row and serving life sentences.

Male prisoners under the age of 18 were pardoned regardless of the crimes committed, while those over 60 who have served two-thirds of their terms and inmates in open prison will be released, he said in an announcement published in a government statement.

Males convicted of rape, armed robbery, murder will not be released, according to the proclamation, while terminally ill patients unlikely to survive prison life will be freed, he said.

The southern African nation’s prison population is 19,900 against a holding capacity of 17,000 and the country has an estimated 2,000 female inmates.

– Bloomberg