Outgoing US President Donald Trump has pardoned 23 officials from their sentences in the country. The president announced the amnesty on Wednesday.
Twenty-three people, including his former campaign manager Paul Manafort, were found guilty of money laundering in a major probe into Russian interference in the 2016 US election and sentenced to seven years in prison. Charles Kushner was sentenced to two years in jail for tax evasion. Roger Stone was also arrested on charges of perjury during a swearing-in ceremony.
Trump has now pardoned 49 high officials from prison terms as he prepares to step down next month. But such a move is not uncommon in the US presidency, as former President Barack Obama pardoned hundreds of criminals on his last day at the White House.