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Geldy Released from Prison
Posted 10th October 2007
At last we have the news that we and so many people have been waiting for - Geldy is now at home with his family, having been released from prison in Turkmenistan's annual amnesty of prisoners, this year taking place on the 8th October.
News of his release has been reported through a number of outlets, including the BBC World Service and the website of Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty, which says
Geldy was one of a reported 9,000 prisoners released in the amnesty. The widely-televised (in Turkmenistan) event known as the "Night of All Forgiveness" takes place in the holy month of Ramadan. It has been an annual feature since its inception in 1999, with the names of those released being published in the state newspapers.
A Phonecall to Geldy
Team Geldy member Gill has gone one step further and has today spoken to Geldy on the phone. Gill tells us that Geldy was in good spirits and that his health has improved noticeably. "He certainly sounded vigorous enough", said Gill.
The phonecall was understandably quite brief but Geldy made a point of sending his deepest thanks to everyone who supported him and kept his horses going. We had heard earlier, after Geldy had been moved out of the notorious Ovadan Depe prison, that his days there were some of his very darkest, and that it was the knowledge there were people outside working for his release that had played a large part in keeping him alive. All the efforts really have made a difference.
But although Geldy is now free, there remains much to do - the building of his new stud farm after the complete demolition of his original one while he was held in prison will be one of his priorities, and we are keeping the Geldy Fund open in order to support him with this. Please help in any way you can.
We hope to bring further news of Geldy's progress as we hear it. Thank you again to everyone who has helped over the last six years.
Changes in Turkmenistan
Steps are slowly being taken in Turkmenistan to improve matters, with the new president, Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, reversing or amending some of his predecessor's harshest policies. There have been several changes since the swearing-in of President Berdymukhamedov and the Internet newspaper website turkmenistan.ru has just reported: