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ECHR urges Ukraine to allow early release of persons under life sentence

The Ukrainian government should reform its system of reconsideration of life sentences
19:48, 12 March 2019

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The European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) calls on Ukraine to allow the early release of persons under the life sentence. The court's press service reported that on Tuesday evening.

On March 12, the ECHR made the precedented decision in the case 'Petukhov vs Ukraine'. The Ukrainian citizen, judged for murder and banditism has been serving time since 2004; he turned to the ECHR with the appeal, pointing out that the absence of parole in the Ukrainian law is a violation of the Convention for Human Rights.

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According to the court decision, there was an actual violation within this case (Article 3 of the European Convention for Human Rights). The ECHR noted that the inmate had no opportunity of being released or reconsideration of his life sentence. The authority also pointed out that the only procedure of easing the life sentence in Ukraine is the presidential pardon; however, this way might cause the abuse.  

'Granted the systematic character of the problem, the ECHR ruled that Ukraine has to change its system of reconsideration of life sentences', the Court said.

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