Aleksandr Lukashenko submits draft amnesty law to House of Representatives

    President of the Republic of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko has submitted a draft law “Concerning amnesty of certain categories of perpetrators” to the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus.

    The draft law envisages clemency (in whole or in part) for certain categories of people convicted of criminal offences. It is based on the major principles of the juridical policy, like legality, justice and humanity.

    The document provides for amnesty for minors, pregnant women, pension-age people, disabled people, war veterans and a number of other people that can be pardoned due to their special legal status or health conditions.

    The amnesty will also apply to persons convicted of economic crimes if they fully compensate the losses and damage their caused.

    The amnesty will not extend to persons who committed grave crimes, like corruption, as well as persistent criminals and those serving life sentences.

    The draft law was submitted to the House of Representatives in line with Article 99 Part 1 of the Constitution of Belarus. The amnesty is timed to the forthcoming Independence Day.