Monday, August 29, 2011

Georgian President Pardons 201 Prisoners For the Feast of the Dormition

August 29, 2011

Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili has issued a decree pardoning 201 prisoners due to the Dormition of Virgin Mary, which Orthodox believers marked on Sunday.

A total of 171 of these prisoners walked free on Sunday and thirty had their prison time halved, Khatuna Kalmakhelidze, Georgian minister for the enforcement of punishments, probation, and legal assistance, told a briefing.

Among the pardoned prisoners are ten women, three minors, and two foreigners.
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