Somaliland: President Bihi Grants Amnesty to 554 Prisoners


The President of the Republic of Somaliland, H.E. Muse Bihi Abdi, has issued a Presidential decree titled JSL/XM/WM/222-1009/042023, pardoning minor offenders in the country’s prisons. 

The President Decree reads as the following:- 

Presidential Decree


Having Seen: Constitution of the Republic of Somaliland, Article 90, Section 5;

Having Seen: General Penal Code, Article 149

Having Considered: Report of the General Command of the Probation Service, TCA/G-1/119/2023, dated 1/04/2023

Having Seen: Proposal of the Office of the Attorney General marked XIG/JSL/179/2023, dated 13/04/2023;

Having Considered: On the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr in 2023

I Decided :

Starting from today, I will grant amnesty to 554 prisoners who have been convicted of minor offenses in the country’s prisons. This pardon does not affect the civil rights and the consequences of the offenses they have been convicted of, in accordance with Article 92 of the General Penal Code. This pardon is being administered by the Office of the Attorney General, in accordance with the list of prisoners.