Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Another reason why the justice system in Armenia does not work

Here is another flaw in the justice system in Armenia. Amnesty is another tool to free criminals who paid bribes to get reduced sentences when they are tried, thus when “amnesty” rolls around, they are eligible and can pay a bribe to get put on the list of those freed. For the most part, all those in the past who were sentenced for trafficking of human beings have received sentences short enough so they qualify for amnesty. It would be interesting see who is on the list who go amnesty this go around.


Arka News Agency, Armenia
Aug. 28, 2006

YEREVAN, August 28. /ARKA/.
337 prisoners have been amnestied in Armenia on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the country's independence. Fifty prisoners' terms have been reduced.

Press Secretary of the RA Ministry of Justice Anahit Voskanyan reported that the amnesty applies to the people that committed crimes before June 1, 2006.

She also said that the information on the amnestied prisoners is as of August 18, 2006.

"However, the number of amnestied prisoners will not rise, because the amnestied groups are clearly determined. The process will last until September 30,"she said.

On July 7, 2006, the RA Parliament made a unanimous decision announcing amnesty.

Most of the prisoners included in the amnesty are persons sentenced to three years, persons subjected to punishment not involving imprisonment, as well as persons subjected to conditional punishment.

In certain cases, people sentenced to 5-10 years will be amnestied as well.

The perpetrators of serious and grave crimes will not be amnestied.

The last amnesty was announced in Armenia in 2001, on the occasion of the 1700th anniversary of the adoption of Christianity in Armenia.

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