Ukrainian Parliament lifts Savchenko's Law

Source : 112 Ukraine

227 MPs voted for the amendments in the so-called "Savchenko's Law" when the term in the pre-trial detention facility was minused from the term of imprisonment imposed by the judge
15:28, 18 May 2017


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The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine passed a bill on amendments to Ukraine’s Criminal Code in a first reading by 227 MPs. The bill regulates the order of counting punishment and precautionary custody.

“The court counts the precautionary custody against the term of sentence while imprisonment as a day for a day or according to the 1st chapter of the article. While imposing the punishment, not stipulated in the 1st chapter of the article the court may take into account the period of precautionary custody and commute a penalty or release the defendant unconditionally,” such a formulation is suggested for Chapter 5 of Article 72 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

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The MPs supported the document with the amendment announced by the Head of the Law Enforcement Activities Committee Andriy Kozhemyakin I the session room.

“In case of elimination of the article 2 of the paragraph 2 from the final and transitional provisions of the bill, they may be not needed any more due to the recovery of the Article 72 part 5, as the bill is not rebound, thus the bill can be adopted as a whole. It is about the terms of imposing (punishment, - ed.),” – Kozhemyakin said.

According to him, there are people suspected of especially serious and grave offenses in the pre-trial detention centers, and those suspected of crimes of average gravity are bailed for house arrest.

“That is why it is of high motivation now that a murderer, rapist and a traitor shall must stay in prison a day for a day, and all the rest may be released under any other conditions due to the court decision, he added.

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As it wasvreported earlier the draft law "On Amendments to the Criminal Code of Ukraine on improvement of the procedure of considering pretrial detention as a detention sentence," or so-called “Savchenko’s law” was registered in the Verkhovna Rada on November 5, 2015. The authors were Savchenko, people's representatives from the "Batkivshchyna" party Andriy Kozhemyakin and Ivan Krulko, Mykola Palamarchuk from the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko, Leonid Yemets from the "People’s front," and unaffiliated Oleg Osuhovskyy. November 26 the parliament supported the law, December 22 it was signed by President Poroshenko, and on December 24 the law came into force.

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