Georgian Parliament discussed with the third reading, and adopted with 87 votes against 1, the Bill on Amnesty.
In the course of countering the global pandemic, the government, to compensate for the restrictions established on prisoners, is reducing the sentences for convicts of a number of crimes, and is re-calculating their terms in the penitential department.
Persons who committed a criminal offense before January 1, 2004, will be released from criminal liability and punishment (except for those serving life imprisonment). Amnesty will also apply to those who have prepared or attempted to commit a crime. Amnestied persons will be considered as “not convicted.”
As Chair of the Human Rights and Civil Integration Committee, Mikheil Sarjveladze, noted after the third reading at the Committee, editorial remarks have been introduced to the Bill. The Bill shall become effective on the third business day upon promulgation.
The amnesty does not apply to Articles 108, 109, 137, 141, 142-144/3, 164, 179, 183, 223, 224, 236, 239, 253, 255/2, 280, 353, 378, 379, 404, 413 of the Criminal Code, as well as the crimes provided for in Chapters XXXVII and XXXVIII. In addition, the amnesty does not apply to crimes under the Criminal Code if they relate to killing, abduction, torture, severe damage to health and inhuman treatment of Georgian citizens in the occupied territories; also crimes committed by the list of persons accused and convicted of covering these crimes – as defined by resolution N339 of the Government of Georgia of June 26, 2018 on the approval of the “Otkhozoria-Tatunashvili List” and the relevant measures to be taken by the Government of Georgia