12:26 17.06.2017

Poroshenko signs bill abolishing 'Savchenko law'

Poroshenko signs bill abolishing 'Savchenko law'

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed the bill amending the Criminal Code of Ukraine on the rules for the sentences' cumulative and the credit of the term of pretrial detention (No. 2046-VIII).

The press service of the Ukrainian president reported on Saturday, the law amends Part 5 of Article 72 of the rules of calculating imprisonment terms and taking into account the pretrial detention terms of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. According to the rules, the pretrial detention term was added to the penalty on a 'day for a day' basis or using the rules foreseen in Part 1 of this Article.

According to the law, when the penalty terms, which are not mentioned in Part 2 of Article 72, are imposed, court could mitigate the penalty or release the person, taking into account the pretrial imprisonment term.

The law takes effect next day after its publication.

As reported, the Verkhovna Rada adopted amendments to the Criminal Code of Ukraine on the rules for the sentences' cumulative and the credit of the term of pretrial detention, abolishing the so-called 'Savchenko law' (bill No. 5534) on May 18, 2017 with 227 supporting votes.

'Savchenko law' came into force on December 24, 2015. According to the document, every day of a pretrial detention should be credited as two days of the main punishment.

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