TBILISI, June 16 (RIA Novosti) - Georgian President
Mikheil Saakashvili has pardoned 58 prisoners, the chairwoman
of the state pardon commission said on Tuesday.
Yelena Tevdoradze said 47 prisoners had been freed, while
the sentences of the remaining 11 had been halved. All the
prisoners are male.
"We have considered up to 250 cases...The cases were
rather complicated, so we faced a hard choice," Tevdoradze told
The pardon lists included female prisoners, but they have
not been pardoned because an investigation on a riot in a
female prison in April has not been completed.
"The names of several women that the commission earlier
recommended for a pardon have been withdrawn," Tevdoradze said.