Pardon, Petition for: As of 1993, petitions for pardon, i.e. the complete or partial remission of a prison sentence or fine, have to be directly submitted to the Ministry of Justice. The Ministry may conduct an enquiry to determine whether there are sufficient grounds for recommending that the applicant be pardoned. The petition for pardon does not have suspensive effect, but the Federal president can grant a reprieve.
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