23 March 2010

Justice Minister calls on Parliament to create pardon law

Timor Post, March 17, 2010 language source: Tetun - The Timorese Justice Minister Lucia Lobato has called on the Parliament to create a law to regulate presidential pardons of criminals.

Minister Lobato stressed that the parliament should create the law and should not wait for the Government to create it and than merely approved it.

“MPs in the Parliament should take the initiative to produce law as they are elected by the people as their representatives in the Parliament to do so. They do not have not to wait for the Government to propose a draft law and than they just approve it,” Minister Lobato said.

Minister Lobato said that it is important to create a law about penal sentences that would allow the granting of pardons to the prisoners.

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