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Thursday, April 5
President pardons 64 prisoners for Easter

President Giorgi Margvelashvili has pardoned 64 inmates, the head of the Pardon Commission Zviad Koridze announced on April 4.

Of those who will be released, three are women and one is a minor.

“41 out of 64 convicts have left prisons, while the remaining twenty-three will have their terms commuted,”said Koridze.

Koridze said the president of Georgia and the Pardon Commission have discussed 335 cases in total.

The President is the only authorized person to pardon inmates in Georgia.

Fines increase for Illegal Street Vending

The Parliament of Georgia has proposed the draft law and in case of its approval physical and legal entities will be fined 50 GEL and will have goods and other properties confiscated for illegal street vending.

Under current legislation the same illegal action is fined 20 GEL fine and confiscation of goods.

Repeating the same action will result into a fine of 300 GEL (instead of existing 100 GEL).

Repeating the same action along with the disobedience to the representative of the competent authority will be fined 200 GEL, confiscation of goods or up to 7 days of imprisonment. Under current law, this offense is fined 50 GEL, and the term of detention is the same.

Illegal street vending with the use of vehicle will be punished with a fine of 1,000 GEL, and confiscation of goods.

The draft law will be discussed at the Bureau session on April 26. Authors of the bills are MPs of the ruling party.
(By Mariam Chanishvili)