(DF Watch.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian president on Tuesday pardoned 78 prisoners in connection with Easter.

Zviad Koridze, Head of the President’s Pardon Commission, said at a press conference that 57 prisoners will be released from jail today. The remaining 21 had their sentence reduced.

The pardon commission considered 460 cases in total at two sessions on March 30 and 31.

It is one of two such bodies in Georgia, the other filing under the Ministry of Corrections.

As a tradition, the president pardons prisoners at special occasions, mostly religious celebrations like Christmas, Easter or the Assumption of Mary.

Among the pardoned prisoners is one prisoner who serves a sentence for premeditated murder. His sentence was reduced to half