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24 February 2021, 18:55

Importance of amending criminal prosecution laws in Belarus underlined

MINSK, 24 February (BelTA) – The bill designed to improve criminal prosecution legislation was discussed at a session of the dedicated working group on 24 February. The group's work is nearly finished. Work on the document prior to bringing it into the parliament is nearly over, BelTA has learned.

Head of the Belarus President Administration Igor Sergeyenko said during the session that the bill meets the current state of affairs in the country. In his words, it is designed to ensure a systemic and balanced approach to criminal prosecution. It also provides for optimizing interaction between law enforcement agencies.

Igor Sergeyenko reminded that work on the bill had been authorized by the head of state. The administrative prosecution legislation was improved initially, with the renewed Administrative Offences Code passed as a result. It will come into force on 1 March 2021.

Improving the Criminal Code, the Criminal Procedure Code, and the Penal Enforcement Code became the next stage. Specialists of various government agencies, lawyers, and members of the parliament contributed to the effort. This work is nearly finished, Igor Sergeyenko stated.

“I would like to note that this work is extremely important for the state and for ordinary people. Every letter, every comma of the new law matters. The fate and the life of individual people depend on norms of the law,” he stressed.

Effective law enforcement in practice was an important requirement in the course of amending the legislation. “We should not make the amendments that will be impossible to enforce,” the official pointed out. “The criminal prosecution legislation has to match the real state of affairs in the country and the world. International practices should be taken into account as well. As the head of state noted during the sixth Belarusian People's Congress, people should see the relevant law and should recognize the consequences its violation will entail.”

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