Georgia’s President pardons another 115 inmates

Georgia's President pardoned 115 prosoners today. Photo N.Alavidze/, 08 Oct 2014 - 13:12, Tbilisi,Georgia

More than a hundred inmates including one woman and a handful of minors will soon walk free following a mass pardon by the country’s President.

Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili pardoned 115 prisoners however only 88 inmates will walk free this afternoon.

Head of the Presidential Administration announced the Georgian leader had today signed a pardon decree for 115 inmates.

Chairman of the Parole Commission Zviad Koridze said one female and seven minors were among those who were pardoned. Of the minors, four were fully released while three had their sentences reduced.

Koridze said the pardoned inmates will leave the various prison facilities later today.

"The Presidential decree has been handed over to the relevant agencies and if the Ministry of Corrections implements the President's decree as rapidly as it has done in the past, all convicts who have been pardoned by the President will be released at the end of the day," Koridze said.

The Parole Commission considered 699 cases before it came to the conclusion to pardon 115 inmates.

Today’s mass pardon comes about three months after the President pardoned 280 prisoners in July this year. In April, President Margvelashili pardoned 95 prisoners as part of this year’s Easter celebrations and in December 2013 he ordered the release of 288 prisoners to coincide with Christmas and New Year.