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1,500 prisoners being set free

September 12, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A Zimbabwean official said 1,500 prisoners were being released across the country under a presidential amnesty program to ease overcrowding.

Elizabeth Banda, manager for Zimbabwe's prisons, said 150 inmates had already been freed from Harare Central Remand Prison. President Robert Mugabe granted amnesty to women, juveniles, the terminally ill and prisoners sentenced to 38 months or less who had served at least a quarter of their sentences.

Zimbabwe's prisons are harsh and beset by food shortages, with some inmates dying of diarrhea and cholera.

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