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President of Tajikistan submits amnesty bill to Parliament that will apply to 10,000 convicts.

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon submitted the amnesty bill to the Parliament for consideration. The bill offers to pardon 10 thousand prisoners, the presidential press service reported.

The amnesty bill was submitted in accordance with the principles of mercy and humanity on occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Tajik Constitution adoption.

The press service noted that the amnesty will be applied to prisoners, who committed crimes before its entry into force, and those, who need the pardon over age, health condition and other aspects.

The draft law defines the procedure, timeframe and other issues of the amnesty.

The amnesty will apply to the convicts, who have served three quarters of their prison term, who committed crime by negligence, those who committed minor and moderate offenses and serving up to 5 years prison term, persons, who were sentenced to a year and half in prison. However, those convicted of murder, rape, state treason, violent seizure of power, public calls for violent change of the constitutional order, espionage, terrorism will not fall under amnesty.

The adoption of the amnesty bill is a humanitarian act, allowing imprisoned persons to return to normal life, work and family, the press service added.

The previous amnesty was announced in Tajikistan in 2011 on occasion of the 20th anniversary of Tajikistan's independence, which pardoned 4.3 thousand prisoners, including 196 women and 153 minors. About 5,000 got reduced their sentences.

There are more than 17 penal institutions in Tajikistan, where more than 10 thousand prisoners are held, according to the Tajik Ministry of Justice.

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Date:Oct 20, 2014
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