28 Inmates Sentenced to Life Imprisonment Pardoned in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku /corr. Trend K.Zarbaliyeva / Some 42 Presidential orders on amnesty have been signed since July 1995. According to the information by the Penal System of Azerbaijan's Ministry of Justice, the amnesty acts have covered 4584 prisoners. The pardon orders released 41 underage people, 168 disabled people, 77 women, 28 inmates sentenced to life imprisonment. The inmates sentenced to life imprisonment were released from prison or in other cases, their punishment was decreased to 25 years.
Up to now, 8 Law on Amnesty have been signed in Azerbaijan. The final amnesty was signed on 10 May in honor of 84th anniversary of nationwide Leader of Azerbaijan, Heydar Aliyev. It covered nearly over 9,000 people, 1,500 of them were released from prisons. Seven acts of amnesties covered over 78,000 prisoners.