Chirac bars racist and serious sex crimesfrom Bastille Day pardons

12th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, July 12 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac has this year excluded racist and serious sex crimes from the traditional blanket clemency for prisoners he signs every July for Bastille Day, his office said Monday.

PARIS, July 12 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac has this year excluded racist and serious sex crimes from the traditional blanket clemency for prisoners he signs every July for Bastille Day, his office said Monday.  

The exceptions were decided in a context of a rising number of racist attacks in France, particularly against Jews, and of several shocking sex killings.  

It means that convicts in those two categories will not benefit from having their sentences reduced by up to four months, as many others will under the decree which comes into effect on Friday, two days after the formal celebrations marking the 1789 revolutionary storming of the Bastille prison.  

Other criminals already excluded from the presidential clemency are those serving time for terrorism, crimes against humanity, paedophilia, drug felonies, assaulting police officers or prison guards, corruption or escaping from jail.  

The serious sex crimes falling outside the clemency include all sex assaults on children as well as all sexual transgressions which resulted in sentences of seven years or more.

© AFP

 

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