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ʿAmudah: PYD excludes prostitutes from amnesty

KURDWATCH, September 30, 2015—On September 23, 2015, the co‑chairs of the transitional administration for the canton of Jazirah, which was appointed by the Democratic Union Party (PYD), signed the legislative council’s amnesty decree. The decree pardons people who were convicted by PYD courts and given sentences of less than five years. People who were convicted of narcotics offences; stealing, smuggling, or dealing in ancient artifacts; counterfeiting; smuggling; robbery; or collecting donations will have their total sentences reduced by thirty percent. All other offenders will receive a forty percent reduction of their sentences. Fugitive offenders can be pardoned if they report to the authorities within one month. People convicted of committing terrorist acts and prostitutes are excluded from the amnesty.

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