The amnesty and pardon bill draft will remain under public debate, at least until fall, after PNL’s request to introduce the bill on the agenda of the Chamber plenum for its subsequent rejection was denied. The announcement was made after yesterday’s Permanent Bureau session by Deputies Chamber secretary Niculae Mircovici. He noted that the bill draft on amnesty and pardon will not be put for debate in the Chamber in this Parliamentary session. “The Parliamentary group PNL has requested that the bill draft currently in the Legal Commission be included on the agenda (…) in order to be rejected and so on. PDL has also deemed it a dead bill,” Mircovici explained, as cited by Mediafax. According to the secretary, the issue was discussed in the Chamber’s Permanent Bureau meeting and the conclusion reached coincides with the Chamber plenum’s decision several months ago, namely to hold a wide public debate in accordance with a schedule to be set forth by the Legal Commission. In late 2013, this bill draft, along with other regulations adopted by the Chamber, was the object of controversy and evoked strong reactions from Western embassies to Bucharest.