By Ruzanna Khachatrian
The Armenian parliament will meet behind the closed doors next week to consider a government bill on amnesty that would affect nearly 2100 convicts and criminal suspects currently kept in jail, it emerged on Friday. Under the proposed measure, a large part of them would be set free, while others will have their prison terms curtailed.
Justice Minister David Harutiunian met with members of the parliament committee on legal affairs to discuss the amnesty, which he said is part of the ongoing celebrations of the 1700th anniversary of Armenia’s adoption of Christianity. The initiative to declare the official pardon came from President Kocharian, according to Harutiunian.
The government is keen to push the bill through the National Assembly before the parliament’s summer recess.