Baku, Azerbaijan, March 18
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini welcomed the pardon decree signed by President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev.
"Today, the President of Azerbaijan has pardoned 148 people, including representatives of political parties, NGOs and journalists, to mark the Novruz holiday", said in a statement of the EU High Representative, placed on the EU website.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree on March 17 pardoning 148 people.
Under the decree, 137 people, sentenced to imprisonment, have been freed from serving the remainder of the prison terms.
Moreover, six people were freed from the remainder of the correctional labor and five people were freed from the penalty in the form of a fine.
Sixteen foreign citizens are among the pardoned.