Pardoned murderer thanks President Ilham Aliyev for opportunity to reunite with his family

Rovshan Abdullayev, who was pardoned, following a recent decree of the head of state, told Trend he was thankful to President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev for the opportunity.

According to Abdullayev, he was convicted of premeditated murder.

"I spent nine years in prison. There were still two years one month 18 days left. I am grateful to the President for the pardon. On my own behalf and on behalf of my family, I thank the esteemed President," he said.

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has signed a decree on pardoning a number of convicts on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the national leader of the Azerbaijani people Heydar Aliyev. The pardon decree is scheduled to be executed by May 10.

According to the Decree, as many as 801 convicts were pardoned, of which 463 people were released from imprisonment, 220 people from half of the unserved part of the punishment in the form of imprisonment, 118 people from other punishments not related to imprisonment (restriction of liberty, correctional labor, punishment in the form of a fine and persons sentenced to suspended sentence).

A total of 14 of the pardoned convicts are foreigners, 12 of them are being fully released from punishment, and two are from half of the sentence. Four convicted foreigners are subject to forced expulsion from the country after being released from punishment by the relevant sentence. Since other citizens of foreign countries are Azerbaijanis by ethnicity or their family members are citizens of Azerbaijan, forced expulsion will not be applied to them.

As many as 10 convicts were released from punishment on the basis of appeals from human rights organizations.

This decree is the largest act of pardon adopted in the history of the independent Republic of Azerbaijan in terms of the number of persons to whom it applies in comparison with the pardon order of May 24, 2018, adopted on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, applied to 634 convicts.

Source: Trend News Agency