03 March 2020 – Amnesty Law covering crimes punishable by up to 1 yr proposed

Type of Intervention: Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Corrections / Justice
Intervention Categories: Legal and Policy; Regulatory Change
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: President

Overview: The President of the Republic, Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, sent the proposal for a Decree that aims to accommodate the Amnesty Law with the aim of decongest the Prison System, in order to prevent the spread of Coronavirus among the prisional population:

– the Amnesty Law Proposal aims at covering crimes punishable by up to one year in prison and pardon up to one yea of incarceration.
Full details here: https://www.presidencia.gov.mz/por/Actualidade/PR-remete-Proposta-da-Lei-de-Amnistia-a-Assembleia-da-Republica

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Type of Justification: Perception of an increased threat
Evidence/Justification: Reducing the prison population and therefore the spread of Covid-19