22 September 2016

Angola: Over 2000 Inmates Released Under Amnesty Law

Luanda — At least 2500 inmates who served prisons in the country have been set free under the Amnesty Law, passed in July this year by the Angolan Parliament.

This information was released Thursday in Luanda by the minister of Interior, Ângelo Veiga Tavares, during the Methodological Council of the Penitentiary Service, which is held under the motto "Humanization, rehabilitation and Resocialization.

"The Amnesty Law is a legislative initiative of the head of State which will set free over 8000 citizens among detainees and convicted criminals for common crimes with sentences of not less than 12 years.

Ângelo Tavares said the Prison Service should increase its vigilance, and thus increasing the work in areas of moral and patriotic education "and continue to exemplarily punish all those who embark on malpractices".

He noted that in recent days has been recorded a smear campaign, through social networks, against the Interior Ministry and its principal organs, especially the National Police, Criminal Investigation Service (SIC) and Penitentiary service.

The minister called on the officials of his ministry to be aware, because, in his view, "the maneuvers are known to the destabilization of its organs, as well as the creation of political facts."

The Prison Service is the agency of the Ministry of Interior in charge of monitoring the implementation of penalties and security measures imposed by the courts to individuals subject to deprivation of liberty, as well as their rehabilitation and monitoring of probation periods.

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