Lukashenka signed the law on amnesty

2009 2009-05-06T20:24:37+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en

The president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenka signed the law On amnesty in connection with the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Belarus from German Nazi invaders.

The amnesty won’t be massive. Traditionally it covers the persons who committed the crimes that don’t present a large social danger and easier felonies (including under-aged, pregnant women, single parents who have under-aged children, pensioners, those who are ill with open form of tuberculosis, HIV-infected people, veterans of combat operations, participants of liquidation of the consequences of Chernobyl accident and the people who were injured while serving in the army).

The people who have been imprisoned for the crimes that present little social danger will be given amnesty irrespective of the term of imprisonment or arrest. Amnesty is also spread on the people who have been sentenced for easier crimes who have served at least ¼ of their term and on those who committed certain economical felonies, if they have served at least ¼ of the term.

All people for whom less than a year in jail is left will be released as well. The prison terms are also decreased for those who are not given complete amnesty – their terms are reduced by one year.

The amnesty does not cover the persons who have been amnestied earlier and again deliberately committed crimes; those who did not compensate the harm done; those who grossly violate the prison regime; especially dangerous recidivists; life convicts; those for whom the death penalty was replaced with other penalty; those who are wanted; those who committed murder or rape with aggravating circumstances, gangsterism, terrorism or crimes against the state; those who created a criminal organization or participated in it and those who committed corruption crimes, informs BelTA.