Head, several members of President’s Pardon Commission quit

Zviad Koridze, former journalist, became the head of the Pardon Commission in 2014. Photo:President’s press office.

Agenda.ge, 03 Jan 2019 - 13:58, Tbilisi,Georgia

Head of the President’s Pardon Commission Zviad Koridze has left the post and several members of the commission, who served in the role under former President Giorgi Margvelashvili, did so.

Koridze stated today that he has already submitted a request on resignation, so did the head of the Transparency International Georgia NGO Eka Gigauri and another member of the commission Basa Janikashvili, Koridze stated.

Janikashvili said that a “new president means new members of the commission” and that is why he left the position.

Gigauri stated that she decided to quit at the final meeting of the commission under Margvelashvili is November.

The President’s Pardon Commission is composed of 11 individuals, mainly lawyers from the civil sector, public figures, the Public Defender and a spiritual representative from Georgia’s Patriarchate.

The group must discuss all cases sent to the Pardon Commission by inmates or their families and decide which prisoners they believe deserve to be pardoned. The list then is sent to the president.

New President Salome Zurabishvili stated a couple of days ago that the composition of the commission will be renewed.