Somaliland: President Issues A Presidential Decree Granting Amnesty to Prisoners with Minor Offenses


The President of the Republic of Somaliland, H.E. Muse Bihi Abdi, has issued a Presidential decree under the symbol JSL/XM/WM/222-697/072021, 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-1/208/2021, dated 17/07/2021

Having Seen: Proposal of the Office of the Attorney General marked XIG/JSL/192/2021, dated 17/07/2021

Having Considered: On the occasion of Eid Al-Adha in 2021, coinciding with 1442;

I Decided :

Starting from today, I will grant amnesty to 279 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.