The Penitentiary Service of Azerbaijan’s Justice Ministry started the execution of the pardon order signed by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on pardoning some prisoners, ONA reporrts.
The presidential order covered 431 people. Of these, 399 people are exempt from serving the remainder of the sentence.
Among those pardoned are ex-health minister Ali Insanov, deputy chairman of the Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan (PFPA) Gozal Bayramli, journalists Fikret Feremezoglu, Nijat Aliyev, Giyas Ibrahimov and blogger Rashad Ramazanov.
There are 14 foreigners among those pardoned by the Presidential Order. They are citizens of China, Russia, Cameroon, Nigeria, India, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Iran and Belarus.