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No Christmas Pardons For Guyanese Prisoners This Yuletide Season

President David Granger delivered some disappointing news for prisoners hoping to get the Christmas gift of a presidential pardon this year. There will be none this time around.

And it’s not because he has lost the spirit of forgiveness. Granger says it’s simply because no one has qualified for the privilege.

Granger, speaking on his weekly interview programme, Public Interest, said the nominations which had come before his office were unacceptable.

He declared that convicted drug traffickers and murderers would not receive his grace.

“I didn’t pardon anyone at Independence because many of the persons who would normally be eligible for pardon were in fact convicted for trafficking in cocaine, not possession of a few grammes of marijuana, and I am not going to tolerate trafficking,” the President said. “I am not going to tolerate murder. I am not going to pardon anybody who has got blood on their hands.”

Since taking office last May, the former army general has defied strong criticism, issuing presidential pardons to some 100 people.

A large number of these included non-violent first time offenders.

President Granger expressed the view then that youth belonged in colleges and universities and not in jail. He raised concern that if someone was incarcerated for a minor offence for a long period, he or she could become a habitual criminal. He argued that early release and pardon could help the accused to turnaround their lives and make a meaningful contribution to society.

Granger yesterday made it clear that he would maintain the tradition of presidential pardons for convicts who meet his criteria, but hardened criminals would have to pay the full price for their acts.

“I don’t pardon people for the sake of pardoning people. I pardon people to give them a second chance in life,” he insisted.

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Comment by ADELTECH REAL ESTATE on December 14, 2016 at 1:49pm

Hey Granger you need too check case by case before you pardon anyone

Comment by fitzroy johnson on December 13, 2016 at 9:44pm


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