No Need for New Pardon Act in Azerbaijan, Says Chairman of Commission
Azerbaijan, Baku, 1 December / Trend corr. I.Alizade/ The chairman of the Azerbaijani Parliamentary commission believes that there is not need to adopt new Pardon Act in the country.
"There is not any perspective to approve the Pardon Act, developed by MP Panah Huseyn," Ali Huseynov, the chairman of the Parliamentary Permanent Commission for Legal Policy and State Establishment Affairs, told Trend on 1 December.
Huseyn, a member of the opposition Musavat MP Group at the parliament, has developed Pardon Act and submitted it to the parliament. The MP believes, it is necessary to adopt Pardon Act in connection with the 90th anniversary of the Azerbaijani Parliament. The document envisages one-year reduction of all prisoners' punishment term, replacement of punishment term of prisoners, who have been sentenced to life imprisonment and served ten years of their term, with 20-year term.
In accordance with 45 signed pardon decrees, 4,858 people have been set free since 1994. Ilham Aliyev inked 13 decrees and National Leader Heydar Aliyev - 32 decrees. Eight amnesty acts, which so far have been signed, concerned 40,000 prisoners.
"The 90th anniversary of the Parliament has finished and at present development of the Pardon Act looks like the step, taken very late. True, this is a jubilee and will last within a definite period of time. However, traditionally, such initiatives are put forward before celebration of jubilee. Even if the Pardon act was presented earlier, it could not be approved," the chairman of the commission stressed.
The parliament has adopted the Pardon act at initiative of MP Mehriban Aliyeva, the President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation several months ago. It is impossible to adopt new Pardon act in three or four months, the chairman of the commission said.
The last Pardon act has been developed as a result of serious social investigations, Huseynov said. The Pardon act includes serious and comprehensive analysis, he said.
"At the same time, the Pardon act has not been adopted in Azerbaijan since 2003. Therefore, adoption of the last Pardon act was very appropriate. Development of Pardon act after several months aimed at nothing, but drew attention of the public," he said.
Despite this, the Permanent Commission for Legal Policy and State Establishment Affairs will discuss this issue and answer the author, the chairman of the commission said. "However, I think, it is not appropriate to adopt new Pardon Act within a short period of time," the MP said.
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