Syrian President Bashar al-Assad issued a general amnesty decree on Sunday. Under the amnesty, there will be other prisoners, including those convicted of terrorist acts. However, it was not immediately clear how many prisoners would benefit from the decree.
The country’s official news agency Sana reported.
Syria will hold presidential elections on May 26. The so-called general amnesty has been announced ahead of this election.
This is the second such presidential election in the country since the start of the decade-long civil war. Assad is widely expected to return to power for the fourth time in a row.
Violence in Syria, which began in March 2011, has killed more than 380,000 people so far. Millions of people have been displaced.