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Iran Press TV

Syrian president announces general amnesty

Iran Press TV

Mon Jun 9, 2014 3:29PM GMT

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has issued a decree granting a 'general amnesty' for crimes committed during the Syria crisis which erupted in 2011.

Syrian TV said on Monday that al-Assad's decree covers all crimes committed to date.

Syria's justice minister has said that the decree is aimed at boosting national unity and improving coexistence in the society.

He added that the amnesty was announced at a time when the Syrian army has been gaining more victories against foreign-backed militants.

'(It comes) against the backdrop of the victories by the Syrian army,'' media outlets quoted Justice Minister Najem al-Ahmad as saying.

Over the past months, the Syrian army has achieved major victories in its battle against Takfiri groups across the Arab country.

Meanwhile, Syrian lawmaker, Issam Khalil, has called the decree 'a gift from the president after he was elected for another term.''

On Wednesday, it was announced that Assad won 88.7 percent of the vote in Tuesday's presidential election.

All those who committed any wrongdoing against their homeland will benefit from the amnesty, Khalil said in an interview on Monday, adding, 'It will allow them to return to their normal life.'

Syria has been gripped by violence since 2011. Damascus blames the US and its regional allies for fueling the flames of the crisis in the Arab country.

According to reports, Western powers and their regional allies - especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey - are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.

In relevant remarks, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said prior to the landmark presidential election that the clout of supporters of terrorists operating inside Syria is in decline and that in the wake of the June 3 presidential election, Western sponsors of terrorists will lose their power.

JR/AB/SS



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