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Cabinet asks Rada to amend "Savchenko law"

Convicted of serious crimes will not be eligible to early release.

Cabinet asks Rada to amend "Savchenko law"

The government proposes in a bill the Cabinet approved on 5 October that the parliament banned the use of "Savchenko law" to the convicted for grave and especially grave crimes.

Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko said as he introduced the bill under the "Savchenko law" 8.5 thousand convicts have been released from prisons, and 35 thousand are eligible for early release in the near future.

Of those released, 906 persons have committed repeated crimes, in particular 27 murders, 21 serious batteries, 12 rapes, 670 thefts, 172 robbery, 68 robberies, 43 of fraud and 23 acts of hooliganism.

Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said that President Petro Poroshenko and the chairman of Parliament Andriy Parubiy have sated in favour of the amendment. The bill will be submitted to the parliament as urgent.

Groysman said that this legal initiative should contribute to the improvement of the crime situation in the country.

The law on admission one day of a pre-trial detention as two days in the main sentence known as "Savchenko Act" came into force in December 2015.

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