Georgia frees 190 political prisoners under amnesty
Tbilisi: Some 190 inmates considered political prisoners have been freed in Georgia under amnesty which came into effect Sunday, following the parliament`s overturning of the president`s veto.
Many of those walking free were arrested for participating in protests staged by Georgia`s opposition between 2005 and 2011.
President Mikheil Saakashvili, who strongly opposes the move, had vetoed the bill on political amnesty in late December. However, the parliament later overturned the president`s veto.
Some 3,000 prisoners will be eventually released under the law on amnesty, which was signed by Parliamentary Speaker Davit Usupashvili Saturday.
In his address to the nation, the Georgian president said he wanted to protect society from the consequences of the amnesty that would release criminals, including "Russian spies".
Download the all new Zee News app for Android and iOS to stay up to date with latest headlines and news stories in Politics, Entertainment, Sports, Technology, Business and much more from India and around the world.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Video: India won't tolerate disrespect to national anthem – this Mumbai family learnt it the hard way
- Watch: Boy dies after falling from a Mumbai local train – video maker is guilty too!
- Had Sardar Patel become PM, India would have been another Pakistan, says Kancha Ilaiah
- Watch: ISIS terrorist blown into pieces while bragging about his previous victory
- Shocking! World Cup winning cricketer forced to sell 'kachoris' to make a living