TEHRAN, Jun. 14 (Press Shia) – Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei has pardoned or commuted the sentences of a number of Iranian convicts on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Ayatollah Khamenei on Thursday agreed to a request by Iran’s Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli Larijani to pardon or reduce the sentences of 537 eligible inmates convicted by courts of common pleas, the Islamic Revolution tribunals, the Judicial Organization of the Armed Forces and the State Discretionary Punishment Organization.

The pardon comes on the advent of Eid al-Fitr, which is one of the main Muslim holidays, concluding the fasting month of Ramadan. Muslims in Asia and a number of Middle Eastern countries, including Iran, will celebrate the Eid-al-Fitr religious holiday on Friday and Saturday.