Merchant of Venice

Who pardoned Shylock and what were the reasons they put?

Did Bassanio or did Portia or even did Duke pardoned Shylock? What were the reasons?

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It was the Duke that pardons Shylock's life before Shylock can beg for mercy. I think the Duke makes himself look compassionate yet he knows life for Shylock without his fortune will be unbearable.