Practice Relating to Rule 159. Amnesty
Burundi’s Penal Code (2009) states:
Pardon means a total or partial reduction [granted by] the executive power of the penalties pronounced, or their commutation into other penalties [which are] less severe, pursuant to the law.
A pardon does not extinguish the penalties pronounced against genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
Amnesty is the act by which the legislative power prohibits the exercise or the continuation of criminal prosecutions and erases convictions [which have already been] pronounced.
Genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes shall not be object of an amnesty law.