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The law on amnesty takes effect on January 12

2013-01-10 14:22

The term of signing of the law "On Amnesty" by the president of Georgia expires on 11 January. However, as reported by the Caucasian Knot, the party "Georgian Dream" suggests that Saakashvili won't sign the bill.


At the same time, the Chairman of Parliament David Usupashvili has expressed his willingness to sign the document on November 12, if the president refuses to sign the law again.

The draft law "On Amnesty" stipulates the release of political prisoners and decrease of sentence under several articles of the Criminal Code of Georgia. In particular, the amnesty will affect women, minors, and those committed financial and economic crimes.

The amnesty also touches those convicted of drug use, and those who committed less serious crimes.

Recall, on December 29, the Parliament of Georgia overcame the presidential veto Mikheil Saakashvili had imposed on the law "On Amnesty". That was the first time in the history of Georgia, when the Parliament has overridden the veto of the President.

To overcome the presidential veto, the law requires the votes of 3/5 Members of Parliament.  91 MPs voted for overcoming the veto, 24 - against. MPs greeted the vote with applause.


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