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NA discusses amending amnesty law

Update: April, 06/2018 - 09:00
The National Assembly’s Judicial Committee held a plenary session on April 5 to examine the draft revision to the Law on Amnesty. — VNA/VNS Photo Dương Giang

HÀ NỘI — The National Assembly’s Judicial Committee held a plenary session on April 5 to examine the draft revision to the Law on Amnesty.

Most NA deputies agreed with the need to amend the law, which took effect in 2008, to make it fall in line with the Constitution and other related laws and to ensure the meaning of amnesty.

According to the committee, amnesty was defined a special leniency by the State, through a presidential decision to release prisoners before the completion of their prison terms or commuting sentences entirely as rewards for good behavior, or repentance as well as to encourage them to repent, reform and become useful for society.

Over the past ten years since the adoption of the law, the State had granted amnesty to nearly 86,000 prisoners.

Deputies said the amnesty results over the past years showed the effectiveness of amnesty in encouraging prisoners to study, work and strive to reform. The rate of prisoners who received amnesty and re-offended was very low.

However, they said the law was issued in 2007 and has revealed shortcomings and no longer matched other related laws.

Chairwoman of the committee Lê Thị Nga said one of shortcomings of the law was that criteria for prisoners to be granted amnesty was not tight enough so the number of prisoners getting amnesty was quite big, reducing the meaning of the policy and affecting the judgments made by judicial bodies.

Some deputies agreed that the draft revision should tighten criteria to grant amnesty to prisoners to ensure fairness and the meaning of the policy.

Most deputies also agreed with the change of the law to regulate the time to grant amnesty which will be made coinciding with special events of the country. At present, amnesty decisions can be issued on the occasion of special events or big holidays. — VNS

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