The Central Amnesty Advisory Council will seriously review the list of prisoners eligible for amnesty, ensuring that amnesty procedures were implemented in accordance with the law on the occasion of National Day (September 2).

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, President of the Central Amnesty Advisory Council for 2011, made the statement at the first session of the Council in Hanoi on August 23.

Former Deputy Prime Minister and former President of the Central Amnesty Advisory Council for 2009, 2010 Truong Vinh Trong attended the event.

Phuc said that one of important requirements of this year’s amnesty work was to ensure democracy, fairness, openness, transparency and close monitoring, with the goal of helping amnesty recipients return to a life free of crime after rejoining the community.

Good implementation of amnesty work for prisoners who had shown repentance and good rehabilitation not only manifested a policy of leniency of the Party and State but also served the internal and external affairs, contributing to fighting against hostile forces who take advantage of democracy and human rights issues to distort and sabotage the Party and State, Phuc said.

The list of over 10,000 prisoners eligible for amnesty will be submitted to the State President for approval.

A ceremony to announce the list of prisoners qualified for amnesty and release prisoners under the State President’s amnesty programme was expected to take place before National Day./.