MINSK, 19 April (BelTA) – Around 6,500 people may be granted amnesty in connection with the 75th anniversary of Belarus' liberation from Nazi invaders, Belarus' Interior Minister Igor Shunevich told journalists.
“This will not be the largest amnesty. Up to 20,000 people were granted amnesty in the past years. This year the number is around 6,500 people,” Igor Shunevich said. Over 2,000 people will be released from prison. Others will have their sentences commuted.
Groups of people to be covered by the amnesty are almost the same as in the past, the minister noted. They include single parents with minor children, people with disabilities, Chernobyl clean-up workers, pregnant women, some categories of first-time offenders.
As for minors, those who have been convicted under Parts 1, 2, 3 of Article 328 will have their sentence reduced by two years. “Adults serving sentences for the same crimes [under Article 328] will also be subject to the amnesty under but the sentence will be reduced by one year,” Igor Shunevich added.
The amnesty, however, will not apply to people convicted for corruption crimes and serious offenses, including murder.
BelTA reported earlier that in late February Belarus' President Aleksandr Lukashenko met with Chairman of the Supreme Court Valentin Sukalo and instructed the Interior Ministry to prepare a draft amnesty law on occasion of the 75th anniversary of Belarus' liberation from Nazi invaders.More about Society