n. it is an act of oblivion of past offences, granted by the government to those who have been guilty of any neglect or crime. Amnesty could be express when explicitely mentioned or is implied indirectly in some cases say of a peace treaty being signed. An amnesty has the effect of destroying the criminal act, so that it is as if it had not been committed, as far as the public interests are concerned. It is different in this sense from pardon which is the remission of the whole or a part of the punishment awarded by the law.

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