He said that unlike the rest of the plotters, who will remain in jail, those eight have "repented their crimes."
All pardoned inmates are due to be set free by October 19.
National Security Minister Geldymukhammed Ashirmukhammedov said the group included nearly all women currently serving prison terms, as well as 253 foreign nationals.
Niyazov routinely amnesties prisoners to celebrate the last day of the holy month of Ramadan.
Pardoned inmates are required to take an oath on the Koran and "Rukhnama," Niyazov's book of spitirual guidance, which is mandatory reading in the country.
(Watan, with TDH, turkmenistan.ru)
LIFE UNDER NIYAZOV: On July 21, RFE/RL's Prague broadcasting center hosted a presentation by TAJIGUL BEGMEDOVA, chairwoman of the Bulgaria-based Turkmenistan Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (THF). Begmedova discussed the human rights situation in Turkmenistan under President Saparmural Niyazov, focusing on the arrests in June of THF activists and RFE/RL Turkmen Service correspondent Ogulsapar Muradova. Begmedova, who graduated from the Institute of Economy in Moscow in 1987, fled Turkmenistan in 2002 and lives in exile in Sofia.
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