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Georgian Parliament has approved partial abolition of principle of cumulative punishment

2013-04-04 11:53

On the eve, Georgian Parliament passed in the second reading the amendments to the Criminal Code of the country on the partial abolition of the principle of cumulative punishment when passing sentence, the News-Georgia reported.


Under the bill, if a person has committed several crimes the penalty will be selected under the article for the most severe of them. In the event of a repeat offense, the principle of cumulative punishment can be used. But the penalty cannot exceed 30 years.

If the investigation finds that the convicted person has committed another crime, the court may appoint an additional punishment. In particular, if the revealed crime is more severe than the one on which the person had been convicted, the difference must be added to the first term. If the new offense is less serious and the penalty is less than for the first, the penalty remains unchanged. Sentence in this case should not exceed 35 years.

Recall, Public Defender of Georgia Ucha Nanuashvili has released a report "On the state of human rights and freedoms in Georgia in 2012". In the opinion of the Ombudsman, in spite of the fact that significant improvements in terms of protection of human rights have been noticed in a number of areas of public life in Georgia, in some areas there have been fixed serious problems.

Among others, Ombudsman urged to liberalize the criminal laws and abolish the principle of assigning punishment for multiple offenses.





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