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Criminal Pardons Are Offered In Many Countries

When a person has committed a crime that has resulted in a prison sentence, that crime can be pardoned. There are very few people who have the power to grant criminal pardons and these would be a countries president or monarch, a church authority, or a head of state.

On occasion a criminal may also be granted a commutation rather than a pardon. These differ in that the criminal offense is not forgiven but rather it is conceived to be one where a lesser penalty should be imposed. The word clemency is simply a general term that envelopes both of these matters.

Numerous countries around the world are now allowing for the pardon of a serious offense, or allowing a lighter sentence to be given the offender. Certain things are required before these matters will even be considered and an individual has to show that they have paid their debt to society. The pardoning official has to feel that in some way the individual is deserving of these acts of mercy.

There are those who claim they have not committed the crime for which they are serving a sentence. They claim their conviction of the crime was made in the erroneous judgment of a judge or a jury. Accepting a pardon is in some way an admission of guilt, so these individuals will often wish to have their innocence proven through a court appeal. If the appeal is won, the once guilty party is totally relinquished of any wrong doing and their criminal record is wiped clean.

Many countries still maintain the practice of capital punishment. Clemency can be requested by another country if a citizen of theirs commits an act in a country that does recognize capital punishment. The sentence of such a person could be commuted to life in prison rather than the death penalty, out of respect for their own country’s laws. Often clemency is practiced to maintain a good relationship between to countries.

There are variables in all countries when it comes to the practice of criminal pardons. In Canada there is an appointed National Parole Board that has been set up up and this board has the responsibility of making decisions regarding pardons. They can grant a pardon, but they also have the power to revoke or deny one. If approved, the crime involved is kept separate from any other things that could be on one’s record, and although the crime is not erased, it is not allowed to be become public knowledge. A pardon will also disallow one from working in a any federal government capacity and will remove the eligibility for citizenship if the party in question is not already a citizen.

In the United Kingdom, pardons or reprieves are known as a royal prerogatives of mercy. In years past, only the monarchy was allowed to grant a pardon, and even then, the pardoned person would often be requested to remove themselves from the country and possibly relocate to Australia. In today’s society, the monarchy will still grant a pardon, but only on the express advice of a government minister such as a Justice Secretary. Pardons are granted after conviction and only to those who it is felt are morally innocent of the offense.

The United States allows that only the president has the power to grant pardons involving federal offenses. If the crime is considered a state offense the governors of most states are able to impose the pardon. According to United States pardon practice, when one is granted the individual involved still has to state the crime for which he was convicted on any application form, but may also state that he was pardoned of the crime. Two US governors who were personally against the death penalty, commuted death penalties sentences to life in prison before they left their respective offices.

Every country allowing for the criminal pardons of a crime differs in how it is handled. There are also countries that refuse to consider such acts of clemency and a convicted party is left to endure the punishment handed down to them by the courts. In some countries that have minimal tolerance of any person who breaks the law can find themselves serving out a severe penalty that in another country would only require a fine.

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25 Dec 2011. In this video (link www.youtube.com President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that the existing Constitution describes a clear process to follow if former Army Chief Sarath Fonseka appeals for a pardon. He says that he would evaluate it if and when such an appeal is made using established regulations. The President made these comments when he met leading Buddhist Clergy of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Trincomalee and Vavuniya Districts in Polonnaruwa yesterday where he looked into issues faced by the Buddhist monks of the above areas. (source: 2 Oct 2010, Daily News “Constitution describes pardon procedure'”. www.dailynews.lk Not much moral reasoning is needed to justify pardoning of imprisoned General Fonseka (imprisoned by ‘baseless, spurious and concocted’ charges says Anoma Fonseka to Lakbima reporter) who lead Sri Lanka Army to defeat 30yr Elam terrorism in Sri Lanka compared to pardoning of criminal leader Gonawila Sunil by the Former President of Sri Lanka JR under same constitution and same procedures. President JR pardoned thug ‘Gonawila Sunil’, but current SL President Rajapaksa is unable to pardon war hero General Fonseka who defeated 30rs LTTE terrorism. In this video apparently Sri Lanka President is lying: 0:30 “as the president if a request is made to me (as a procedure mentioned in constitution) a pardon to General Fonseka can be considered.” According to Sri Lanka constitution (below), history and views of legal expert Weliamuna a ‘Request’ is not

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There is no cut-and-dry answer, but the most important factors are: Will the individual be a danger to society? Will they be a productive, contributing member to society? Have they served enough time to show signs or rehabilitation and remorse for their crimes? Here is more info on pardons that have been granted…

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10 Responses to “Criminal Pardons Are Offered In Many Countries”

  • NoEalamInSL:

    @Tilan123, SF was wrong. It is immoral to betray soldiers or even Gota for killing terrorists. But I understand why he did it too. He was pushed by injustice. If no one is above the law, Mervin also should be imprisoned. A group of Sri Lankan whistle blowers accused Minister Mervin Silva on extortion. These are witnesses and evidences of crime. It is now obligation and duty of the police / Govt to investigate crimes by Minister Mervin Silva, a strong supporter of President Rajapaksa

  • Tilan123:

    He betrayed the country. He gave many secret information to other nations and sold us out. If he was a US soldier, he would be immediately be executed mate. I’m not a pro-government supporter, I don’t even really like anyone in politics over in Sri Lanka, but I can totally see where Fonseka went wrong.

  • NoEalamInSL:

    Dec 26 (DM) Fonseka pardon only by President: PM. Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne said though various factions were campaigning for the release of former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka by petitioning Obama, the UN and Geneva, they would be of no avail as only President Mahinda Rajapaksa could pardon him. He was addressing a function organised by the Joint Organisation of the Govt Pensioners and the Kandy District Public Servants’ Pension Association l

  • NoEalamInSL:

    Not much moral reasoning is needed to justify pardoning of imprisoned General Fonseka (imprisoned under ‘baseless, spurious and concocted’ charges) who lead Sri Lanka Army to defeat 30yr Elam terrorism in Sri Lanka compared to pardoning of criminal Gonawila Sunil by the Former President of Sri Lanka-JR, under same constitution and same procedures. Gonawala Sunil was a criminal gang leader involved in the massacare of 53 prisoners at Welikada Prison in 1983 and raping a 14 year old girl in 1982.

  • NoEalamInSL:

    Dec 26 (LB) Presidential Pardon in the offing?.Anoma Fonseka- it would be unlikely her family would go before the President, to obtain any official or unofficial pardon, thereby facilitating the release of her husband; her husband was imprisoned by levelling which she termed ‘baseless, spurious and concocted’ charges against him, it would be tantamount to accepting the said ‘allegations and charges’ if the family were to seek a pardon from the President – when her husband had ‘done no wrong’..

  • TrippinRainbowSox:

    What did I just watch

  • anothertwunt:

    Youtube thinks I should share this with my friends. That might not be a brilliant idea.

  • samusarans:

    I can now watch Satan getting his dick sucked in 3D.

  • yeaitwasme:

    This implies that the Pope’s word is absolute

  • C00LX100:

    i get the video but animation is just too much…

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