President commutes the sentences of 18 defendants

(VOVWORLD) -President Vo Van Thuong on Wednesday signed a decision to commute the death penalty to life imprisonment for 18 defendants who had submitted petitions for clemency to the President. 

The reprieve is made according to the Constitution and Law, at the request of the Chief Justice of the Supreme People's Court, the Head of the Supreme People's Procuracy and the Chair of the President Office.

The President's commutation of the death penalty according to the legally effective verdict to life imprisonment for the convicted demonstrates the State's lenient and humane policy towards particularly serious offenders, give them a path to repentance and recovery so they can have the opportunity to return to their families and communities.