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 "Savchenko law" needs to be amended, - Prosecutor General Lutsenko

Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yurii Lutsenko opposes the reversal of the "Savchenko law", but believes it needs to be amended so that it does not release criminals who had conducted grave crimes. The law stipulates for counting one day spent by a convict in pre-trial detention as two days.

As reported by Censor.NET citing TSN, Lutsenko said this on air of "Pravo na vladu" TV show on 1+1 channel.

Lutsenko said that the norm of "a year for two" was cancelled in the USSR in 1937, when GULAG was set. Now it has been implemented again.

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However, the Prosecutor General believes that the "Savchenko law" needs to be amended.

"Me personally, I support the idea that the "Savchenko law" does not include those who conducted repeated crimes and grave crimes against an individual, like rape or premeditated murder," Lutsenko said.

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As reported by Censor.NET, the law "On improving the order of counting pre-trial detention term as term of sentence," also known as the "Savchenko law", entered into force on Dec. 24, 2015. It stipulates for counting pre-trial detention as term of sentence, where one day in pre-trial prison counts for two days in jail.

In mid-February, experts and law enforcers sounded the alarm on the matter. Penitentiary Service employees counted that the law will release early about 50,000 convicts, including 4,600 persons sentenced for grave crimes, like plundering, robbery, assault, rape, and murder.

Earlier, Ukraine's Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko said the "Savchenko law" should be amended and not applied to people who had committed violent crimes, like murders, rapes, etc. This initiative, Petrenko said, could be filed in the Verkhovna Rada by either President Poroshenko or the Cabinet of Ministers.


 
 
 
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