President pardoned 9 female convicts in connection with Annunciation Day

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Tuesday, 07 April 2020 13:47

President of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili pardoned 9 female convicts in connection with holy Annunciation Day. The decree on pardoning was published on the web-page of Presidential Administration.

“All convicts have one or more juvenile child. Their crimes are not of violent category. All the nine convicts will have left a penitentiary facility by the end of today,” reads the information.

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