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Sunday, 20 October, 2002, 13:57 GMT 14:57 UK
Text of Iraqi amnesty decree
Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf
The amnesty statement was read on Iraqi TV
Iraq's Revolutionary Command Council (RCC), the state's supreme authority, has issued an amnesty to all prisoners in Iraq.

The text of the decree was read on state television:

The RCC has decided the following:

1. A general, comprehensive, and final pardon is granted to Iraqis, both civilians and military, both inside and outside Iraq, who have been sentenced to death or to life or temporary imprisonment.
The pardon shall apply whether the verdicts have been issued in their presence or in absentia, and whether they have acquired their final status or not.

2. The provisions of Article 1 of this decree shall apply to all the accused, both detained and at large.
They shall be pardoned for all crimes, regardless of their kinds and degrees, including the crimes related to military service or absconding for political reasons.
All legal proceedings against them shall be halted.

3. The convicted and detainees referred to in Articles 1 and 2 of this decree shall be released, unless they are convicted or detained for murders about which no reconciliation has been reached with the families of the murdered.
Those who are indebted to individuals or the state shall not be released until they have paid their debts in one sum or in instalments or until their prison terms have ended.

4. A committee chaired by a grade-one judge, assisted by at least a grade-two judge and a public prosecutor, shall be set up.
The minister of justice shall name the head and members of the committee, which shall be in charge of implementing the provisions of this law with respect to murders and debts for individuals or the state.

5. No provision that conflicts with the stipulations of this decree shall apply.

6. This decree shall apply as of the date of its issuance.
Saddam Hussein, RCC chairman.

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