Georgian President Pardons 95 Inmates for Easter

TBILISI – Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili pardoned 95 inmates for the Easter holidays his press service said Wednesday.

Zviad Koridze, the government’s point man for prisoner reviews, said the pardon included 10 women and 2 juveniles.

69 of the prisoners will be released from custody and allowed to celebrate Easter with their loved ones.

The remaining 26 prisoners had their sentences reduced, but will remain behind bars Koridze said. He also noted that the president’s pardons do not cover those convicted of violent crimes.

According to Georgia’s Ministry of Correction, 731 inmates were released from the country’s penitentiary system in 2015.

By Tamar Svanidze

Edited by Nicholas Waller

Photo: Georgian Penitentiary Department

27 April 2016 16:14