Mammadli: One Order Cannot Humanize Punishment

The presidential decree on the humanization of punishment system and the establishment of the probation service outlined serious steps in the reform of this sector.

However, one order is not enough to achieve a real improvement in the situation, and we need a comprehensive legal and judicial reform and liberalization of criminal and administrative law. This opinion was expressed in an interview with Turan by an expert in the field of law, a member of the Civil Society Platform Alasgar Mammadli.

He praised the recommendation of the head of state to restrict pre-trial arrests and punishments not related to deprivation of liberty. However, in recent years, the Parliament has acted in exactly the opposite direction. So, we have increased the terms of administrative arrest and remand in custody.

In addition, the Parliament introduced a concept of "new criminal acts" in the Criminal Code and toughened penalties for defamation and on a number of other articles.

“The Parliament should be concerned about society, and not think about how to toughen punishment,” Mammadov said.

On the other hand, there is a need to reform the judicial system, eliminate the practice of execution of the prosecutor's decrees by the court and the imposition of disproportionate penalties. Therefore, for real reform of legislation and practice in this field requires updating the Parliament and the judiciary, he said. -06D-

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