Scrapping of Adultery Law Lets 1,770 Off the Hook

      April 13, 2015 12:41

      Some 1,770 people charged under a draconian adultery law that was struck down last month can breathe a sigh of relief.

      The Supreme Public Prosecutors' Office on Sunday said 598 ongoing adultery investigations have been mothballed.

      Another 335 people already on trial have had their case dismissed, as have the cases of 28 that are under appeal. Eighty-seven others who were awaiting trial have also been let off the hook.

      Nine convicted adulterers serving jail time have been released too, and some 720 suspended sentences have been struck out.

      A prosecution spokesman said prosecutors actively sought out the accused to make sure they are released.

      The Constitutional Court on the forth attempt in February threw the law out, saying its clear violations of constitutional liberties can no longer be justified as social attitudes change.

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