In Ukraine, 31 convicted defenders of Ukraine pardoned by a presidential decree have been released from prison. This was announced by the head of the Advisory Council on Ensuring the Rights and Freedoms of Defenders of Ukraine, Advisor to the Head of the President's Office Olena Verbytska on Saturday, October 9, on Facebook page.
"The State Penitentiary Service has announced the implementation of the decree of the President of Ukraine on the release of defenders in full! In the near future, 31 families will meet their sons, husbands, parents, brothers," Verbytska said.
As we reported earlier, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky signed a decree on pardoning 31 convicted defenders of Ukraine.
"Taking into account the severity of the committed crimes, the term of the actual serving of the sentence, the personality of the convicted, their marital status, behavior before the commission of the crime and after conviction, compensation for the caused damage and the elimination of the caused damage, the opinion of the bodies and institutions of the execution of sentences on the advisability of pardoning and other circumstances, In accordance with paragraph 27 of Article 106 of the Constitution of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky supported the Commission's proposal and signed a decree on pardoning these convicts," the message says.
Such a particular submission of pardoning the military has been made for the first time in the modern history of Ukraine.
According to the chairman of the Pardoning Commission, Andriy Hota, during the consideration of the cases, persons, who did not commit serious crimes, were selected. He noted that the pardon, in particular, does not apply to cases toward the military personnel who have committed an accident while intoxicated. Besides, the cases of those convicted of murder are not considered.