TASHKENT -- Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev pardoned several hundred inmates on the eve of Eid ul Fitr, which will be celebrated after sunset on Tuesday (June 4), Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported.
Mirziyoyev's presidential decree will see the release of 361 inmates from prison and shortened prison terms for another 214.
Those pardoned include seven inmates older than 60, six women and one foreign national.
Mirziyoyev has modified the government's approach to punishing crimes, including extremism. Since he took office in late 2016, the government has taken more than 20,000 individuals off its blacklist of suspected extremists, the Foreign Ministry said last December.