President Nana Akufo-Addo has granted amnesty to 794 deserving prisoners.
This forms part of the government’s efforts to ensure the decongestions of Ghana’s prisons and its related complications amid COVID-19.
In a statement signed by the Director-General of the Ghana Prisons Service, Patrick Darko Missah, the groupings comprise 772 first offenders, 16 very old prisoners, and four seriously ill inmates.
Two death sentence have also been commuted to life imprisonment, the June 30 press release explained.
The development is in accordance with Article 72(1) of the 1992 Constitution which stipulates that the President shall have the power to grant pardons, reprieves, respites or remissions of punishment or to suspend, remit or commute the sentence of any person convicted of any offense.