Georgian president Eduard Shevardnadze yesterday announced that he has decided to commute all the 54 death sentences currently pending in Georgia to 20 years imprisonment for each of those convicted criminals. (Itar-Tass, July 25) At Shevardnadze’s initiative, Georgia has been observing a de facto moratorium on carrying out death sentences. The parliament, after considerably resistance, recently amended the constitution to eliminate capital punishment. The 54 convicts had been placed on death row earlier.
Georgian Monument Blown Up in South Ossetia.