Uzbek president pardons 65 convicts before Independence Day

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev has signed a decree on pardoning 65 convicts on the occasion of the Independence Day on Sept. 1, Uzbek Justice Ministry said Wednesday.

A total of 50 prisoners were released and returned home, and 15 others had their sentences shortened, the ministry said.

The pardoned included 39 imprisoned for involving in banned organizations, 4 women, and one man over 60 years old.

Over the past three years, pardoning has been applied seven times to 3,952 people, the ministry said.

Mirziyoyev has adopted presidential pardoning of convicts since he assumed office in 2016. Besides, the Uzbek Senate announced each year a larger prisoner amnesty involving hundreds of inmates.