Ayatollah Ali Khamenei pardons, commutes sentences for over 2,200 convicts

Tehran: Iran supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has pardoned or commuted the sentences of more than 2,200 prisoners, including some on death row, to mark two important Muslim feasts.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of Iran “granted pardons or commuted the sentences of 2,272 convicts” for the Eid al-Adha and Ghadir religious holidays, which both fell this month, a statement on his website said.

The supreme leader routinely grants collective pardons on major religious occasions, in coordination with the head of the judiciary.

The judiciary’s website, Mizan Online, said 43 of the prisoners had been sentenced to death.

Last week, Muslims across the world celebrated Eid al-Adha, which marks the end of the hajj pilgrimage.

Some 900,000 pilgrims visited holy sites in Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia for this year’s hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam.

Shiite Muslims on Monday marked Ghadir, a key religious holiday which takes its name from Ghadir-Khom in Saudi Arabia, where Shiites believe the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) named Maula Ali (AS) as his successor.