Tajik chief prosecutor Yusuf Rahmon declares for restoration of death penalty

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Tajik prosecutor-General Yusuf Rahmon believes that separate category of persons committing grave crimes is incorrigible.

Tajik chief prosecutor noted today at a meeting with reporters that he declared for cancellation of the moratorium on the death penalty in the country. At the same time, he emphasized that he had expressed such an opinion earlier.

On terrorism charges alone, more than 100 persons having previous convictions were jailed last year. They are incorrigible. We hold them accountable again. We can add a maximum of two to three years to the terms they are serving. They commit crimes again, the chief prosecutor noted.

Recall, Yusuf Rahmon in 2016 proposed to use the death penalty for grave and violent crimes, including terrorism, treason and coup attempt.

Capital punishment in Tajikistan is allowed by Article 18 of the 1999 Constitution of Tajikistan, which provides: Every person has the right to life. No person may be deprived of life except by the verdict of a court for a very serious crime.

The last known execution took place in 2004. That same year, a moratorium was issued on capital punishment by President Emomali Rahmon. Emomali Rahmon announced in his message on April 30, 2004 that right to life is an indigenous value and nobody can deprive anybody of this right.

On July 15, 2004, Tajik parliament adopted the law on suspension of death penalty application in the country.

After the establishment of a moratorium on the death penalty, Tajikistan had introduced the sentence of life imprisonment. Tajikistan's lower house (Majlisi Namoyandagon) of parliament endorsed amendments providing for life imprisonment as an alternative to capital punishment on November 30, 2004.

The Government had allocated a special land plot for the creation of a correctional facility for those serving life sentences.

Source: Asia Plus