Tehran, Jan 25, IRNA-Judiciary spokesman Jamal Karimi-Rad has disclosed that three student prisoners were among a number of inmates who would most likely be pardoned on Bahman 22 (February 11), which marks the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, it was reported in Tehran on Wednesday.
The Persian-language daily Mardomsalari quoted Karimi-Rad as saying that the three, along with a number of other prisoners, were to be pardoned by the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei earlier, that is, on the occasion of Eid-ul Ghadir.
Eid-ul Ghadir, the 18th day of the lunar month Zil-Hajjah (January 19) marks the historic day when Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) appointed the first Imam of the Household of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), Imam Ali.
"Unfortunately, we failed to keep our promise of granting the Eid-ul Ghadir amnesty," the spokesman said at his weekly press conference, alluding to the next occasion (Bahman 22) when another amnesty is usually issued to prisoners.
It has become a "good luck" custom to grant amnesties on auspicious religious occasions in Iran, including National Day on Bahman 22 and other key Islamic occasions.
Karimi-Rad was further quoted by the daily as saying that the list of prisoners who could be eligible for amnesty has been finalized and is to be submitted to the Supreme Leader for his dispensation.
However, a number of prisoners whose names are in the list have already been released, he said, without mentioning the names.
The proposal to grant the amnesty is usually made by Judiciary chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi and approved by the Supreme Leader.
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