President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev on the eve of the Holy Muslim holiday Ramazan Khayit signed a decree on pardoning 575 citizens, Uzbek media reports, citing the administration of the head of state.
According to the decree, 361 people are fully exempted from punishment, while, for 214 persons, the terms of the sentence of imprisonment are reduced. Among the pardoned 7 people over 60 years, 6 women, one citizen of a foreign country.
The media noted that in December 2017, for the first time, President of Uzbekistan signed a decree on pardoning convicted citizens, and in June 2018, people were pardoned on the eve of tRamadan Khayit in Uzbekistan.
Ramazan Khayit, or Oraza Bairamy so-called in Turkmenistan, marks the end of the holy month of fasting – Ramazan (Ramadan in Arabic countries). According to the canons of Islam, in this month it is customary to give alms, help those in need, forgive offence, and show mercy.
In accordance with this, in Turkmenistan, pardon actions are held annually in honor of the holy Night of Destiny of the month of Ramadan. The last of them, when 764 convicted persons were pardoned, was held a few days ago. Such actions on the eve of the Night of Destiny in Ramadan month became tradition since 90s of the last century.