Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Armenia: 267 prisoners released under amnesty in Armenia

PanARMENIAN.Net - Since May 27, the process of prisoners’ release under an amnesty has started on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Republic of Armenia.

As of 3:30 p.m. Yerevan time, May 30, 274 convicted persons were released from prisons, from Nubarashen - 28, Erebuni - 70, Vardashen - 27, Hospital for Convicted People - 18, Artik - 33, Vanadzor - 8, Sevan - 21, Hrazdan - 16, Abovian - 1, Goris – 11, and Kosh – 41.

The process of prisoners release under the amnesty is still under way.

On May 27, editor-in-chief of Haykakan Zhamanak paper Nikol Pashinyan and former member of the Armenian parliament Sasun Mikaelyan, convicted in March 1, 2008 case were released.

President Sargsyan offered the National Assembly to declare amnesty on occasion of the 20th anniversary of Armenia’s independence, the proposal being based on article 81.1.1 of the RA Constitution and article 90 of the law on National Assembly regulations. With a vote 91-0, the Armenian parliament approved Thursday, May 26, President Serzh Sargsyan’s proposal for declaration of amnesty for 396 people to be released and 379 to have their sentence cut.