Uzbekistan releases over 2000 prisoners under amnesty
Uzbekistan, Tashkent, March 26 / Trend, D.Azizov /
Some 2095 people have been released from prisons in Uzbekistan under an amnesty, according to the Committee on Legislation and Legal Affairs of the Senate (upper house of the parliament) of the country.
The Amnesty Act adopted by the Uzbek Senate in early December 2012 in connection with the 20th anniversary of the Constitution, came into force on Dec.5, 2012 and must be executed within three months. In total, the amnesty covered 64,656 prisoners.
Some 62,500 of them were released from serving a criminal sentence or had sentences reduced or criminal prosecutions were stopped with regard to the rest.
The right to make a decision on an amnesty was passed to the Senate by the head of state starting with the operation of a two-chamber parliament in Uzbekistan in 2005. Previously this was the exclusive prerogative of the President of Uzbekistan.
From 2008, an Amnesty is announced in Uzbekistan according to courts' decisions.
According to Uzbek Prosecutor General's Office, in 2012 the act of amnesty in connection with the nineteenth anniversary of the Constitution covered more than 45,383 prisoners. Some of them were released from serving a criminal sentence, while others had sentences reduced or criminal prosecutions were stopped with regard to the rest.