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Fri, 01 Jan, 2016 12:01:15 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Jan 1
 
President Sauli Niinistö. Photo Lehtikuva.
President Sauli Niinistö on Thursday pardoned four prisoners. In three cases, the president pardoned aggravated drug convictions. 
 
Altogether two years and eight months of prison time were shaved from the sentences handed down in the drug convictions.
 
In one case, a convict sentenced to six years’ imprisonment for felony drug offences was pardoned to parole until July 31, 2016. The convict began serving the sentence in January 2013.
 
In another case, a convict had been sentenced first to 144 hours of community service for drug and assault charges, then his sentence changed to five months’ imprisonment without condition. 
 
Niinistö completely pardoned the prisoner.
 
In another case, a sentence requiring the forfeiture of 62,700 euros was reduced to 35,000 euros. The sentence was related to felony narcotics charges.
 
Niinistö turned down 66 pleas for pardons.
 
The pardons were previously reported by the Finnish language daily Helsingin Sanomat.
 
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