Chad's Higher Judicial Council, which advises President Idriss Deby on legal matters, gave him the go-ahead on Friday to pardon six French nationals jailed for eight years for abducting children, an official said.
The six members of the Zoe's Ark charity were sentenced to eight years' hard labour by Chad last year for trying to kidnap 103 African children and take them to Europe without permission from the authorities. They were allowed to serve their prison sentences in France under a cooperation agreement.
France's diplomatic and military support helped Deby weather a opposition assault on the capital N'Djamena in early February, and the Chadian leader has since made it clear he is ready to pardon the French convicts.
"The Higher Judicial Council has given a favourable opinion on the request for a pardon," Justice Minister Albert Pahimi Padacke, who sits on the council said.
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