Azerbaijani Parliament May Pass Amnesty Act
Azerbaijan, Baku, 25 April / Trend corr I. Alizade/ The issue on the passing of an amnesty act has been raised in the Azerbaijani Parliament. "The new amnesty act must apply to elderly people, those suffering from ill health, as well as those who have been imprisoned for occasional crimes, women and those prisoners who have served half of their prison sentence," MP Siyavush Novruzov, Deputy Executive Secretary of the governing New Azerbaijan Party (NAP), said at the parliamentary meeting on 25 April.
Novruzov called on MPs to support the suggestion to pass the amnesty act on 10 May in line with the 85th anniversary of the all-nation leader Heydar Aliyev.
Novruzov said that unlike the pardon decree, the amnesty act generally covers a larger number of prisoners.
Fazil Gazanfaroglu, the chairman of the opposition Great Establishment Party, also believes amnesty act is needed.
Until now, 8 amnesty acts have been applied to 87,000 prisoners, 23,000 of which were released. The last amnesty act was passed on 10 May 2007 on the 84th anniversary of Heydar Aliyev.
Since July 1995, 43 presidential pardon decrees have affected 4,584 prisoners.