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June 23, 2021

Two MPs propose pardon of prison sentences of up to 6 years

Custodial sentences of up to 6 years as well as fines ordered by courts may be pardoned in full, and custodial sentences of up to 4 years or fine may be amnestied, according to a draft law tabled in the Chamber of Deputies by PSD MP Madalin Voicu and the Chairman of Human Rights Committee, Nicolae Paun, yesterday. The legislative initiative of the two MPs also includes the pardon of juvenile offenders sent to a special re-education and work school and the pardon of a third of custodial sentences from 6 to 8 years and the pardon of one fifth of custodial sentences from 8 to 10 years. The planned pardons and amnesty would not apply to re-offenders, according to the bill. PSD MP Madalin Voicu says the draft law was discussed in PSD and USL, and that it has the political backing of the Union. He also noted that he had not had in mind Adrian Nastase’s situation when he drafted the bill. Asked if the ex-PM might benefit from such a law if adopted, Voicu said he didn’t know. ‘I don’t know. I have not thought about it. Why?’ – Mediafax quotes Voicu as having said. MP Nicolae Paun also denies any connection between their draft law and Adrian Nastase, adding that the ex-PM would be released in December-January anyway. PDL Vice President Cristian Boureanu yesterday commented on the bill sponsored by Madalin Voicu and Nicolae Paun, saying that nowhere in civilised democratic countries convicts are pardoned before an election.

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