Over 4,000 submissions were sent to courts in Azerbaijan after an order was signed last year by President Ilham Aliyev on the penal policy humanization, Ali Huseynli, chairman of the parliamentary committee for legal policy and state development, said at a plenary session of parliament Feb. 23.
He noted that after this order, the Azerbaijani parliament made changes to the Criminal Code and the Code of Administrative Offenses, and the application of the law started on Dec. 1, 2017.
“According to the submissions, 479 prisoners were released, 585 prisoners had their terms of sentence shortened, 465 persons were released from other types of punishment, and 59 prisoners had their punishment alleviated," Huseynli said.
He noted that in addition it is planned to send submissions regarding 5,000 prisoners.
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