Savchenko's law must be amended. It should not apply to people convicted of violent crimes, - Minister Petrenko

The Ministry of Justice says the law that allows counting one day of pre-trial detention as two days of main sentence (referred to as 'Savchenko's law') can not be applied to persons convicted of especially grave crimes.

Minister of Justice Pavlo Petrenko told journalists, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrainski Novyny.

"We conceptually agree that this law should be amended so that persons who have committed violent crimes (murder, rape, grievous bodily harm) do not fall under a simplified procedure of pre-trial custody," he said.

The ministry is waiting for proposals on this issue from the Prosecutor General's Office, Petrenko said.

According to him, the relevant legislative initiative can be introduced to the Verkhovna Rada on behalf of President Petro Poroshenko or the Cabinet of Ministers.

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According to Petrenko, if the PGO submits such an initiative to the Ministry of Justice, it will take efforts to ensure that the bill is promptly introduced to the parliament.

As previously reported, National Police Chief Khatia Dekanoidze states that 6,000 criminals have been released under the Savchenko's law. She also supports amendments to the law.
Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n389971