After today’s hearing on the violent incursion on Parliament, which took place on 27 April last year, came to an end, public prosecutor Vilma Ruskovska said that, as a prosecutor who had invested a lot of time and effort in the case, but also as a citizen, is not satisfied with the amnesty law.
She pointed out that there will be no re-run for those defendants who are not covered by the amnesty, because the amnesty does not cover the whole crime of “a terrorist threat to the constitutional order and security”.
“As the amnesty requests come in, each case will be decided upon individually, in a sense that the Law stipulates that the ruling is made by the court after the public prosecutor has expressed his or hers opinion, and this is good because it is much better than Parliament forming a committee and for them to determine who is granted amnesty and who isn’t. However, the prosecutor knows the most about the case, as well as the court when the chain of evidence procedure is completed,” said Ruskovska.
When asked what would happen if she decides not to grant amnesties to anyone, Ruskovska said she can not avoid granting the amnesties, because she has to abide by the law.
In regards to commissioners, they explained that they were mentioned in the section of the Amnesty Law which mentions who doesn’t fall under the Amnesty Law, namely the organizers and leaders.
“They do not belong in the group of people who can be amnestied. It is the same thing, just different wording. I use the term “organizers”, you use “leaders”, while Parliament uses another term, etc. In accordance with the law, those who are to be amnestied will be amnestied, and proceedings will continue for those who do not fall under this law, said Ruskovska.