Lukashenko signs amnesty law
10:52, — society
Alexander Lukashenko signed the law “Concerning amnesty of certain categories of perpetrators”.
The text of the document was registered in the National Register of Legal Acts on 10 July.
The document provides for amnesty of minors, pregnant women, women and one-parent men having underage children, pension-age people, disabled people of the first and second disability groups, people diagnosed with active forms of TB, cancer and HIV, war veterans and a number of other people that can be pardoned due to their special legal status or health conditions.
The amnesty will also apply to persons convicted of embezzlement, misappropriation, malfeasance in office. To qualify for amnesty, these persons need to have served at lease a quarter of their prison term by the day the law comes into force.
The amnesty also applies to people who have less than one year of prison term left and other categories of convicts.
The amnesty will not extend to persons who committed grave crimes, like crimes against peace and human security, crimes against the state, crimes against life and health of other people. The amnesty will not apply to persistent criminals, those serving life sentences, those who have not compensated the economic damage they incurred, and some other categories.
The amnesty will apply to about 7,600 people. About 2,000 of them will be released directly from jail. All in all, about 37,000 people are serving prison terms in Belarus.
According to the experts and human rights activists, belarusian political prisoners are not subject to the terms of this amnesty and will not be released.