Liberian President George Weah, has granted executive clemency to fifty-four inmates from four detention centers, Monrovia Central Prison, Kakata Central Prison, Sanniquellie Central Prison and the National Palace of Corrections in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County.
During his visit to the Monrovia Central Prison on Christmas Day, December 25, 2019, President Weah extended the executive clemency based on good behavior as advised by the Ministry of Justice.
According to a release, the decision to grant executive clemency to the convicts is in keeping with Article 59 of the Liberian Constitution which states that “The President may remit any public forfeitures and penalties, suspend any fines and sentences, Grant reprieves and pardons, and restore civil rights after conviction for all public offenses, except impeachment.”
He urged prisoners across the country to always exhibit good behavior at all times, saying, “the process of clemency will always be done and inmates with good behavior will always be considered.”
The Liberian Leader called on the Attorney General to work with the Judiciary to ensure that pre-trial detainees are accorded speedy trial.
The 54 pardoned inmates had varying conditions that qualified them for pardon. They included those chronically ill or of old age, misdemeanor, served more than half of their sentences, served at least ten years for capital offense for life sentences.