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by David Stepanyan
The amnesty proposed by President Serzh Sargsyan implies immediate release of a group of convicts and reduction of the sentences of some others. However, there are articles amnesty does not apply to, Justice Minister Hrayr Tovmasyan told media, Tuesday.
On 1 October, the Parliament Committee for State and Legal Affairs has adopted a decision to put the amnesty proposal of the Armenian President on agenda of the National Assembly.
"Opposition activist Tigran Arakelyan was sentenced to jail on the basis of the article that does not fall under amnesty. Don't confuse amnesty with pardon of specific persons. The amnesty applies to convicts who have no previous convictions, convicts below 18, pregnant women, convicts having children below 3. For instance, in 2011, 1200 convicts were granted amnesty," he said.
Tovmasyan said that the amnesty will be announced not because the prisons in the country are overloaded. In addition, he said, that problem will be finally settled when Armavir Penitentiary will be put into service.