Georgian President vetoes draft law on amnesty adopted by parliament
Georgia, Tbilisi, Dec. 27 / Trend N.Kirtskhalia /
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili is not going to sign the amnesty act approved by the parliament, as he does not agree with the recognition of 200 political prisoners in the country.
As it was stated at the meeting with young people at the presidential palace on Thursday, Mikheil Saakashvili, will not sign the draft law on amnesty which was submitted few minutes ago.
The president stressed that only a few people were recognized as political prisoners in the world, whereas in Georgia their number is claimed to reach 200. "This means that there are more political prisoners in Georgia than in the whole world put together," he said.
The fact that spies were included in the list of political prisoners caused exceptional resentment of the president. "The military men, who were trying to arrange a coup and those who sold information to our enemies, causing many deaths are among those people" he said.
Saakashvili also stressed that he does not like the fact that according to the draft law sentences of some prisoners must be shortened by a quarter. "Pedophiles are also among those pardoned and they have to take responsibility for their actions. I am not going to pardon these people, I cannot accept such an indiscriminate approach," Saakashvili said.
The president said he did not want to increase criminality in the country, which will necessarily be caused by the approach of the parliamentary majority.
The gathered young people accepted the president's decision with ovations.