Senate of Uzbekistan Passes Decree on Amnesty

Uzbekistan Materials 30 August 2008 12:03 (UTC +04:00)

Uzbekistan, Tashkent, 30 August/ Trend , corr T. Zhukov/ The upper chamber (senate) of the Uzbek parliament has passed a decree on amnesty on occasion of 17th anniversary of republic's independence.

The Decree on Amnesty on occasion of 17th Anniversary of Independence of Republic of Uzbekistan was passed in the 15th plenary session of Senate of the parliament in Tashkent, the press service of parliament said.

"Unlike previous years, not only a decree on amnesty was passed, but also the order of its fulfillment was approved according to which court procedures will be organized to examine cases of those who will be freed by amnesty," said Mavzhuda Rajabova, chairman of Senate committee on legislation and court issues. "Those whose crimes do not pose any threat for community must be granted amnesty. "Women, teenagers and old age men and foreign citizens must be released first of all," senator said.

Head of the senate committee said that beginning from 2008, amnesty will announced at the decision of courts. "The decree on amnesty will be passed by the prosecutors in the court," she said.

In December 2007, the senators of Uzbekistan passed an amnesty decree on occasion of 15th anniversary of republic's constitution. At that time, about nearly 3,500 people were granted amnesty in three months.

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