BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan - More than 2,000 inmates will be released from jail under a general amnesty approved by the president of this Central Asian nation, officials said Tuesday.
The amnesty will take effect Wednesday when the names of those to be freed are published in a newspaper, the presidential press office said. The amnesty is the 12th such pardon granted since Kyrgyzstan gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
Among those covered under the amnesty are war veterans, participants in the Chernobyl cleanup, women older than 58 or men older than 63, or convicts who were the sole breadwinners in their families.
Jail terms will also be reduced for more than 12,800 convicts under the amnesty granted by President Askar Akayev.
Kyrgyzstan's total prison population is about 18,000, the Interior Ministry said.
Associated Press, July 30, 2002