Former Labour Minister Austin Liato has been discharged from prison on compassionate grounds.
The Supreme Court in June upheld the two-year jail sentence with hard labour imposed on Mr. Liato by the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court for possession of K2.1 million reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime.
He was due to finish his prison term in October next year.
Mr Liato who has been admitted to the University Teaching Hospital for over a month was released today.
Zambia Prisons Commissioner General Percy Chato delivered the certificate of pardon to Mr Liato and declared him a free man.
Mr Chato said Mr Liato’s pardoning is in accordance with the Prisons Act and he is among 22 inmates released under similar conditions.
He said the Act allows the discharge of inmates with life threatening conditions to be released so they can access medical treatment which is not available in prison.
Meanwhile, Mr Liato told Journalists upon leaving UTH that he is grateful to President Edgar Lungu for his release.
He said he is humbled by the gesture and the compassion that President Lungu had shown to him.