Pardon Commission under Georgian president recommends releasing over 700 prisoners
Georgia, Tbilisi, Nov.20/ Trend N.Kirtskhalia /
The Pardon Commission under the President of Georgia has recommended the release of over 700 prisoners, about half those on the relevant list, chairperson of the Commission, Elena Tevdoradze told journalists.
Tevdoradze did not disclose the exact number of prisoners recommended for a pardon saying that it is the president's prerogative.
She said the commission gave recommendations to pardon prisoners who do not pose a danger to society, that is those who did not commit murder, were not involved in the sale of drugs and do not serve a sentence for rape, trafficking and those who are not repeat offenders.
As Tevdoradze said, based on this, all who served half or more than half of their sentence have been given a positive recommendation.
"There are seriously ill people among them and I am glad they will be released from prison in the coming days," Tevdoradze added.
The pardon is expected by St. George's Day, Nov.23.