New Delhi, June 9: US President Donald Trump is considering pardoning Muhammad Ali, the legendary boxer who died in 2016 at the age of 74; reported TIME.
Trump has said he is considering a pardon for the late boxing legend Muhammad Ali – even though he does not need one; the report said.
The legendary boxer was convicted of refusing to turn up for military duty in 1967 after being drafted to fight in the Vietnam War.
He lost his boxing licence because of the fallout and was not allowed to return to the ring until 1970.
He was sentenced to five years in prison and fined $10,000.
However, he remained free while he appealed his case. The Supreme Court in 1971 unanimously overturned Ali’s conviction, which leaves unclear whether a pardon is necessary or even possible. “There is no conviction from which a pardon is needed,” the late Ali’s attorney said in a statement Friday.
Despite that, Mr Trump told reporters in Washington he was looking at “thousands of names” of people who could be granted clemency – including Ali.
The boxer’s lawyer, Ron Tweel, said a pardon for his client would indeed be pointless.
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“We appreciate President Trump’s sentiment, but a pardon is unnecessary,” he said.