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Belarus parliament considers Victory Day amnesty bill

The draft law on amnesty in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory was reviewed by the Belarusian parliament. On May 13, the MPs adopted a document in two readings. It was introduced into the House of Representatives by President Alexander Lukashenko on May 7.

Following the approval in the lower house of the parliament, the draft law will be passed for approval to the Council of the Republic and only then it will be signed by the head of state.

As expected, the bill will exempt minors, pregnant women, senior citizens, the disabled, war veterans, as well as citizens who suffered from the Chernobyl disaster from criminal responsibility and punishment.

As a rule, the amnesty covers those who committed crimes that are not classified as serious or very serious. All in all, the MPs are going to review over a dozen different bills and proposals. Among them are matters relating to alternative service in the Armed Forces and domestic and foreign policy of Belarus.

Belarus parliament adopts Victory Day amnesty bill