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Tajikistan's president to sign bill banning death penalties

Dushanbe, Feb 12, Itar-Tass/ACSNA/IRNA -- President Emomali Rakhmonov of Tajikistan is expected to sign a bill on banning death penalties into law within the next three weeks, officials at the secretariat of Majlisi Milli, the upper house of nation al parliament said Saturday.

The parliament endorsed the bill Friday.

Tajik Constitution says the document should now be submitted to the president for signing within a week, and the president is to sign it within 15 days after the date of or return it back to parliament with comments and notes.

Makham Mahmadov, the chairmen of the parliamentary committee for constitutional freedoms and rights of man, said the bill replaces death penalties by life prison terms for able-bodied male criminals in the age bracket of 18 to 63 years and by prison terms of 25 years for women of all age groups and male criminals below the age 25 and older than 63.

Mahmadov recalled President Rakhmonov had declared a moratorium on death penalties April 30, 2004, when he addressed both houses of parliament with a state-of-the nation message.

It was also then that the parliament was told to set up a working group, entrusted with drafting all the necessary legal and normative acts.

The group submitted the bill on eliminating death penalties to the lower house of parliament after just a week of working.

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