Belarus liberation bill to offer amnesty for about 6,000 convicts

Baku, June 28, AZERTAC 

An estimated 6,000 convicts will be eligible for the amnesty bill timed to the 75th anniversary of Belarus' liberation from Nazi invaders, the country`s Internal Affairs Minister Yuri Karayev said speaking in the Belarusian parliament on 28 June, BelTA reported.

According to the minister, 2,035 inmates (including 45 minors) are to be released from prison; 685 convicts will be discharged from open prisons. The bill will also offer amnesty for 3,242 people registered with corrective services. The bill offers unconditional release from all types of punishment and other forms of criminal responsibility and additional penalties, as well as termination of pre-trial investigation on criminal charges in respect to certain groups of people who committed minor crimes. The bill suggests releasing minors, women and men who have underage children, expecting women, pensioners, people with disabilities of the 1 and 2 disability groups, people diagnosed with cancer, active tuberculosis, HIV Stage 3 and Stage 4, veterans of foreign wars and people who suffered from the Chernobyl aftermath. The amnesty bill passed two readings at the House of Representatives on 28 June.


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