Vietnam pardons over 17,000 prisoners

Aug 29, 2010

Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet has signed pardons for more than 17,000 prisoners as part of the country’s annual National Day amnesty.

Saturday’s pardons were seen as a gesture of goodwill by Vietnam’s leaders just days before the anniversary of National Day. The release will begin on Sunday.

Twenty of those to be released have been charged with national security crimes. However, no high-profile pro-democracy dissidents were among those to be released.

The National Day of Vietnam is celebrated on September 2. The day symbolizes the August 1945 Revolution and Vietnam National Day.

On this day in 1945, President Ho Chi Minh had solemnly read the Declaration of Independence in Vietnam at Ba Dinh Square in Hanoi, proclaiming the birth of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

Source:  PressTV

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