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Macedonian president signs amnesty law for parliament attackers
Last Updated: 2018-12-22 08:10 | Xinhua
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Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov signed an amnesty law that will apply to the people who were not personally involved in violence during last year's April 27th turmoil in parliament.

The amnesty law was published late Thursday in the Official Gazette.

On Tuesday, 95 Members of Parliament (MPs) present at the session in Macedonia's 120-seat parliament voted in favor of the amnesty law.

The law, that got the support of the opposition VMRO DPMNE MPs who joined the votes of the majority led by the Social Democrats, will offer amnesty to people who did not organize the storming in the parliament.

According to the law, the not eligible ones include "the organizers and those who prepared the events of April 27 (2017), persons who committed physical violence, persons who were wearing masks to cover their faces and who committed violence, persons who were carrying weapons and official persons who overstepped their professional authorization."

Currently, 33 people, including former senior police officials and opposition VMRO DPMNE MPs and supporters, have been charged with the criminal offense of endangering the constitutional order of the state, for their involvement in the violence in parliament in April 2017, when some 100 people were injured.

The amnesty law says that every defendant is expected to submit a request to be amnestied, if he or she meets the conditions prescribed by these legal solutions. Then, a judge and prosecutor will have the final say in the cases.

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Macedonian president signs amnesty law for parliament attackers
Source:Xinhua | 2018-12-22 08:10
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