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The Assembly of the Republic has just approved, by consensus and definitively, the draft Amnesty Law for citizens who, in the context of military hostilities, have committed crimes, both military and related, against external and internal state security structures and against public order and security.
The law, proposed by the President of the Republic, Filipe Nyusi, is aimed at achieving effective, lasting and final peace, and effecting reconciliation between Mozambicans for the strengthening and consolidation of national unity.
The Amnesty Law states that the crimes subject to amnesty must have occurred within the national territory since the entry into force of Law No. 17/2014 of August – the Amnesty Law – and before the signing of the agreement between state president Filipe Nyusi, and Renamo president Ossufo Momade.
Under the proposal, pardon is granted only on condition that the beneficiary does not repeat or commit any of the crimes covered by this legal instrument.
The draft Amnesty Law was approved by consensus and definitively by the three parliamentary benches, Frelimo, Renamo and MDM, who jointly considered that it contributed to human, social and economic development and would strengthen the democratic rule of law.
Minister of Justice, Constitutional and Religious Affairs Joaquim Veríssimo, who presented the document to the plenary of the Assembly of the Republic, said that the realisation of the amnesty law’s aims would only be possible with the engagement of all parties involved.