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Sunday, 20 October, 2002, 18:39 GMT 19:39 UK
In pictures: Iraqi amnesty
There have been scenes of joy and jubilation in Iraq after President Saddam Hussein pardoned all prisoners, including political ones.

The president declared an unprecedented amnesty to thank the Iraqi people for their "unanimity" in last week's referendum which extended his powers for another seven years.

Iraqi prisoners (left) and their relatives chant Hussein's name and dance. (AFP/AP)
Prisoners were leaving their cells chanting Saddam's name to the delight of their relatives (AFP/AP)

Iraqi prisoner and his relative hug each other
...there were tearful scenes like this all over the country

Political prisoner Ayatollah Mohammad Taba (left) and 74-year-old Hassan Abdelkarim, sentenced to 160 years in jail for killing five people walked out of jail
The "full and complete amnesty" applied to any Iraqi imprisoned or arrested for political or any other reason (AFP/AFP)

A death row prisoner looks from his cells
But murderers on a death row will be released only with the consent of the victims' families

Iraqis storm the Abu Ghraib prison 35 kms northwest of Baghdad
Overjoyed relatives even stormed Iraq's biggest jail near Baghdad following the announcement

Relatives of Iraqi prisoners flee Iraqi guards after they forced
...and they had to flee the guards after the break-in




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