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Over 360 abortion convicts receive presidential pardon

President Paul Kagame has pardoned 367 girls and women convicted for the offence of abortion, complicity in abortion and infanticide.

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President Paul Kagame has pardoned 367 girls and women convicted for the offence of abortion, complicity in abortion and infanticide.

The President’s clemency is part of the resolutions of Wednesday’s extraordinary cabinet meeting that was chaired by Kagame.

“Pursuant to the powers conferred upon him by the laws…the President of the Republic informed the cabinet meeting that he has exercised his prerogative of mercy and pardoned 367 persons convicted for the offences of abortion, complicity in abortion and infanticide,” a post cabinet meeting statement said.

This Friday, all women inmates pardoned by his excellence Paul  Kagame, the president of Republic of Rwanda  were released. Nyarugenge prison released 68 women inmates convicted for offence of abortion, complicity in abortion and infanticide

The Commissioner General of Rwanda Correctional Service (RCS) CG George Rwigamba exalted women inmates released to be an example in order to avoid recidivism

The revised law, however, still provides for specific circumstances under which abortion is legally permissible, for example in cases of rape, forced marriage, incest, or instances where the pregnancy poses health risks to the mother or unborn child.