TBILISI, January 13 (RIA Novosti) – Some 190 inmates considered political prisoners have been freed in Georgia under amnesty which came into effect on Sunday.
Many of those who walked free were arrested for participating in protest actions staged by Georgia’s opposition between 2005 and 2011.
Some 3,000 prisoners will be eventually released under the law on amnesty, which was signed by Parliamentary Speaker Davit Usupashvili on Saturday.
President Mikheil Saakashvili, who strongly opposes the move, vetoed the bill on political amnesty in late December. However, the parliament later overturned the president’s veto.
In his address to the nation, Saakashvili said he wanted to protect society from the consequences of the amnesty that would release criminals, including “Russian spies.”
Add to blog
You may place this material on your blog by copying the link.
Image Galleries: Russia Celebrates Navy Day
Infographics: World War I, 1914-1918
The Brest-Litovsk peace treaty that ended Russia’s part in the war has been the subject of heated debate from the moment it was signed in March 1918. To this day, scholars offer differing interpretations of the circumstances that led to the treaty and its domestic and foreign policy importance.