The bill’s author Gubaz Sanikidze says it is a humane act toward elderly people. (Interpressnews.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian parliament on June 24 passed an amnesty bill which will release female prisoners older than 65 and male prisoners over 70, if they are convicted of lesser crimes.

The bill was proposed by the National Forum faction in parliament and authored by MP Gubaz Sanikidze. It applies to people convicted of crimes committed before December 31, 2015.

The bill’s explanatory note reads that the law is likely to apply to about 116 people.

It doesn’t apply to people who have been convicted of murder, mafia, drugs, terrorism, illegally crossing the state border, prison break or other severe crimes.

The author explains that the bill is ‘a humane act’ toward elderly people and aims to reintegrate them in society.

The procedure for being released is that each candidate must ask a court to confirm that the case complies with the conditions of the amnesty.