President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has decided to pardon 13 convicts, including protesters. The relevant decree was signed on the occasion of the National Unity Day, founded by the President, Deputy Head of his administration Olga Chupris said on the air of Belarus 1 on Wednesday evening.
“For all persons pardoned by the decree, two categories were applied, such as conditional pardon and pardon with commutation of punishment to a milder one,” Chupris said.
She did not name the pardoned, but said that not all of them will be able to return home.
Some were commuted to an open correctional facility – “chemistry”.
According to Chupris, Lukashenko received a list of 100 people offered for pardon and sent to the presidential administration for analysis from Yuri Voskresensky, a negotiator between the Belarusian government and the opposition. They acknowledged that the criteria and grounds for pardoning a number of individuals were not fully met in the list.
As it was reported earlier, the Minsk Regional Court sentenced Belarusian oppositionists Maria Kolesnikova and Maxim Znak to 11 and 10 years in prison, respectively. They were found guilty under three articles, as reported on the portal of the human rights center Viasna.