Azerbaijani president signs pardon decree (UPDATE)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct.17
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree pardoning 84 people on Oct.17.
After reviewing appeals of a number of prisoners, their family members, the Commissioner for Human Rights, organizations for human rights, addressed to the president of Azerbaijan, the decision on pardon was made proceeding from the principles of humanism, by taking into account the personality, health condition, marital status of prisoners and their behavior while serving their sentence, according to the presidential decree.
Some 80 people, sentenced to imprisonment, and one sentenced to probation, were pardoned.
Two prisoners have been freed from correctional labor and one prisoner was freed from the penalty in the form of a fine.
Former members of the NIDA movement, Shahin Novruzlu, Elsever Mursalli and Bakhtiyar Guliyev, as well as the NGO's head Hasan Huseynli are among the pardoned prisoners.
Moreover, two Iranian citizens, two Georgian, one Turkish and one Pakistani citizen are also on the list of the pardoned.
The decree will enter into force upon signature.