Ombudsman Ucha Nanuashvili. (Interpressnews.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–The president’s pardon commission gave a positive recommendation in 54 of recent applications from prisoners.

The commission which is one of two such bodies, the other one part of the government, was recently staffed by the new president Giorgi Margvelashvili.

On Friday, it reviewed about 160 applications from prisoners about early release. In 54 of the cases, it gave a positive recommendation, four of whom are minors. 15 prisoners will get their sentence reduced to half.

Ombudsman Ucha Nanuashvili, who is member of the pardon commission, said the review of several cases was postponed until the next session in order to study them in more detail.

He also said that a majority of the pardoned prisoners were convicted of drug related crimes.

The commission’s next session will be held in a couple of weeks. Friday’s session lasted more than 6 hours. The list of prisoners with a positive recommendation is to be sent to the president for approval and signing.