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Penal System

The Seychellois penal system is based on English common law and Napoleonic civil law. The judiciary system includes the Supreme Court and an Appeals Court. The president also exercises quasi-judicial powers, especially in national security cases. Seychellois law requires that military personnel be tried by court martial unless the president decrees otherwise.

The courts often sentence criminals to the Grand Police Camp, a high security prison run by the army on Mahé Island. Amnesty International reports that prison authorities often require prisoners to perform excessively strenuous labor.

Data as of August 1994