Macedonia's prisoners ask for presidential pardons

April 19, 2016 4:52 PM

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SKOPJE, Macedonia – Nearly 2,000 prisoners in Macedonia have called on President Gjorge Ivanov to grant them partial pardons reducing their sentences, after he pardoned dozens of members of the country's political elite last week over a wiretapping scandal.

Zvonko Davidovic, a lawyer whose office is representing convicts pro bono, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the prisoners asked for Ivanov to show "mercy" and reduce sentences from one third to half, or for life sentences to be converted to 15-20 years. He said the pardoning only of politic...

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